How many times have you found yourself getting all stressed out because you have too much to do and what seems to be not enough time to do it? There are work related tasks that need to be finished, a house that needs cleaning, errands to be run, kids to be taken care of… the list goes on and on!
How on Earth are we supposed to fit it all in?
I used to find myself feeling like that all the time! Now, I only get like that occasionally, but when I do I try to keep in mind these seven strategies for accomplishing more and stressing less.
Take a peek at them and maybe you’ll find some tips that will work for you!
#1 – Stay Balanced. Remember that you are only awake roughly 16 hours of the day. You might find it helpful to segment your day into percentages and then follow a plan to achieve balance in your activities.
- For example: “I will work 8 hours (50%) of my waking hours, 4 hours (25%) of my time will be spent with family, and I’ll paint the bedroom during the other 4 hours (25).”
- Achieving balance isn’t always easy, but working towards that goal will improve your life immensely.
#2 – Think Ahead. Sometime before you go to bed each evening, think about what tomorrow might bring. This proactive approach toward anticipating the next day’s activities will help you to feel less overwhelm when it arrives.
- Where will you be? For how long?
- Who will be with you?
- What tasks will you concentrate on tomorrow?
#3 – Make Lists. A to-do list of things that need to be accomplished will help you stay on track and avoid being scatter-brained. You can focus better on each task on your list and avoid getting distracted by less important activities.
- Having a list will help you be less stressed. Checking off your accomplishments will make you feel great and encourage you to continue focusing on your tasks.
#4 – Write Down Your Goals. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have short and long term goals! Pin them up where you can see them every day; especially in the area where you plan your tasks. Doing so will help you to remember to include things that will contribute to the eventual accomplishment of your goals and keep them forefront in your mind.
#5 – Avoid Overwhelm. When you give yourself too many tasks and errands, you risk overwhelming yourself. When you make your list, circle the three most important things that need to be done and start on them early in the day. Make sure that you always accomplish these priority tasks.
#6 – Be Realistic. Don’t set yourself up for failure by thinking you can get more done than time will allow. Divide bigger jobs into several smaller tasks that you can accomplish in shorter amounts of time instead of one huge task that will take all day. Make it a point to accurately estimate your time.
- Let’s say for example, you need to write an e-book. Instead of putting ‘Write a 50-page e-book” on your list, you could write down something more like, “Complete the outline of a 50-page ebook.”.
#7 – Check Yourself. Evaluate your progress throughout the day. There may be times that you find you want to work longer or shorter on a project you have allotted a certain amount of time to on your list. Consider how doing so will affect your ability to complete your other tasks for that day or the time available before that particular task needs to be done before making a final decision. Once you do, though, be confident about it and follow through.
If you want to enjoy greater accomplishments in every area of your life, these tips are great ones to follow. When you achieve the successful results you are aiming for you will feel less stressed out and more excited about working on your goals. You may also find that you have a lot more time to do the things you really want to do because you are being so much more productive!
That’s always a good thing!
Till Next Time!
~ Carrie A Medford
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