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Get Organized With Time Management

During the hustle and bustle of our hectic life few of us have the time to enjoy our interests or make plans for ourselves. Many of us run around desperately trying to get our errands complete hoping we do not forget anything important.Yes it is true, many of us do not seem to have the time for ourselves after we work, take care of the kids, and pay the bills. However, not all hope is lost. By taking the time to establish an agenda and organize our errands for the week, we may actually be able to free up some alone time for ourselves.

In order to get organized you must first allow yourself some time to sit down and organize your thoughts. By devoting a bit of time to get organized and stop running around you will be able to come up with a diverse plan of action.

Start by taking one hour to come up with a plan of action. During this hour you will want to make a plan from Monday to Sunday that will allow a little flexibility. For the first week, write down what you would like to do and then keep track of what you are actually doing.

After you have established what you are doing during the course of a week, begin organizing it. Remember that you already have an outline that will allow for flexibility – do not get discouraged. If you find yourself getting out of bed in a rush and skipping breakfast before work then try getting up a little earlier. Consider what you do after you come home from work or when the kids are put to bed. Do you just plunk yourself in front of the TV instead of possibly organizing a plan of action for the next day or doing some laundry? If you tend to sleep in on the weekend maybe you could start getting up and completing a few errands around the house. There is nothing wrong with watching TV if you have the following day organized and your errands for the current day complete.

We do not want to become so organized that we have no spontaneity or freedom to make last minute plans, keeping track and staying “in-tune” with priorities will definitely allow for a more stress-free life. We will find things will run smoother and our worries will subside after we know exactly what we have to do and how we are going to go about it. Remember: organization and order prevent chaos.

We all want to live a healthy, clear, and rewarding life. A clear mind is a wonderful thing. When we look for something we want to be able to find it without running around aimlessly for an hour, becoming stressed.

Making a prioritized list of items and accomplishing them before the end of the day allows us to purge our sub conscience and thus drift into a restful and healthy sleep pattern.

Tackling large tasks can become a headache so remember to approach large tasks one step at a time. Don’t bite off more than you chew. Break down the chore into steps and “manageable bites”. This way even if you do not accomplish the entire task you still feel a sense of achievement.

Remember that being organized is an ongoing process, not just for you…for everyone. After organizing an area of your home, or office you have to be aware that there is going to be instances when your organization gets thrown for a loop because of uncontrollable factors. Sometimes that factor may even be you.

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Avoid Clutter to Optimize Your Productivity

Examples:

  1. Keep a handy box that will serve as your multi-purpose box whenever you pick lost objects in your house. You can use this box after cleaning a room or making an inventory inside your closet. Finally, make sure that those objects you will find go into their proper places.
  2. Clean as you go. Maintain the habit of cleanliness, in small ways or in general clean up. You can spend 10 minutes picking up objects or misplaced things. You may involve other people to engage in this habit too.
  3. Never put garbage anywhere. More so, don’t let these unnecessary objects hide inside your cabinets, closets, or under your bed until they become little monsters of their own.
  4. Your table should be your soul. A clean and organized working table will help you become more efficient. Daily tasks or mundane things (like sharpening a pencil or putting staple wires on a stapler) wouldn’t become a detraction to more complicated activities like analyzing entries of an accounting book or filing important

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Something’s Gotta Give

Mom is in the kitchen loading the dishwasher and talking to a colleague from work on the cell phone while intermittently checking her Blackberry-she’s also trying to make a decision about what color to paint the den and half-listening to Dad as he grouses about the day’s events.

Upstairs the kids are simultaneously watching TV, instant-messaging friends, downloading music and doing their homework-a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington suggests that kids have increased their media multi-tasking from 16 per cent in 1999 to 26 per cent.

If you feel as if you’re operating in a perpetual state of overdrive-it’s probably because you are. The pre-frontal cortex or executive part of the brain shoulders much of the burden imposed by multi-tasking even as the rest of you pumps out a flood of stress hormones in response-researchers think that the resulting strain of doing many things at once is taking its toll on our minds, our bodies and our social interactions.

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Rid of Your Chronic Lateness

We have a life situation that is perceived. Such feelings as fear, anger, and insecurity or feelings of being overpowered, frustrated, pressured, or helpless may be results of perceiving a life situation as stressful. These feelings lead to physiological stimulation. If physiological stimulation is chronic or prolonged, illness or disease may result. In addition, stress can lead to other consequences, like inefficient performance and interpersonal relationships at work, school, or home.

Setting Up Roadblocks

Once the succession from a life situation through emotion, physiological stimulation, insight, and susceptibility to illnesses and other consequences is understood, it is then possible to hamper these consequences from occurring. Intervention entails setting up roadblocks at different points on the stress model.

For example, even though a life situation requiring adaptation presents itself to you, a roadblock between that life situation and the next phase could be set up





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