Are you time-strapped, sleep-deprived, world-weary and downright depressed? Are the demands of your modern lifestyle making you crazy? What you need are some easy to implement tools that will simplify your existence.
Many of us spend an inordinate amount of time looking for things we have misplaced. We pay late fees on bills we forgot about and scramble to reschedule appointments we double-booked. In short, a scattered life leads to squandered time and a great deal of added stress.
Fortunately, getting organized isn’t all that difficult. Start by making a wall or cell phone calendar an indispensable part of your life. Don’t make any appointments without immediately adding them to the calendar. Write post-its to yourself as reminders of important dates.
Clutter can also add exponentially to your level of stress and distraction. Make a commitment to yourself to spend just five minutes each day on organizing your space. Eventually, you can expand your allotted time. Once you get the anti-clutter ball rolling, you just might find that cleaning and clearing become your newest positive addiction.
Learn to Say “No”
It’s a simple, two-letter word, and it was probably one of the first things you ever said to your mother. But somewhere along the way, many of us have forgotten how to say “no.” Committing yourself to every project, organization and fundraiser that comes along might get you some heart-felt thank you’s, but it is also guaranteed to weigh you down and make your already busy life crazy.
Saying “no” isn’t always easy. It’s hard to disappoint people or to bow out of participating in causes you support, but learning to politely decline is essential. In fact, saying “no” is a muscle that gets stronger the more you use it. Start by gently but firmly refusing to do something that isn’t all that important to you, and work your way up to the more difficult commitments.
Cut Down Time Wasters
Two of the biggest time vampires in many of our lives are television and social media. Combined, they can easily gobble up five or six hours out of each day without you even realizing it. Sure, TV is an escape as well as an educational tool, and social media sites such as Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat and Instagram enable us to stay in touch with friends old and new. However, you need to come up with ways to keep their use under control.
You might start by policing yourself. Keep track of how much time you spend watching television and on your phone and computer. If the results you see amaze and horrify you, cut back your usage. If that doesn’t work, practice tough love on yourself and shut down some of your cable channels or social media accounts. You can also set your home network so that you cannot access specific sites at certain times.
Letting computers handle the regular tasks in your life might sound scary, but it can actually reduce the load of stress you’re carrying. Why go through the aggravation of manually paying bills each month with the risk that you will forget to do so when you can set up online payments instead?
Your bank will make it easy, providing many ways that you can set up online payments. These include automatic withdrawal of the specific amount …