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A couple years ago, I picked organization as my word of the year, and I did get more organized. But I still have a long way to go! It is so true that when you are organized you have less stress–it doesn’t mean no stress, but there is less. So I really liked this contributed post when it came across my inbox. Here we go…these are all excellent reasons to get more organized, along with some tips on what to do to organize yourself!
We are all guilty of misplacing documents or forgetting about deadlines. If you would like to make sure that you’re making the most out of your life and productivity, however, getting yourself more organized will help. There are plenty of easy ways of learning how to manage your time and resources better, improve your well being, and have more time to spend with your family. Read on to find out more.
If you don’t have to worry about missing a deadline, not paying your bill on time, or forgetting about a family member’s birthday, you will have fewer negative thoughts going around your head when you are trying to sleep; and as a result, you will get better rest at night. Once you know that everything is in order, the kids’ lunchbox is in the fridge ready to go in the morning, or your car is checked out before your road trip, you will have fewer things to worry about in the middle of the night.
If you organize your life, you will have more space for new ideas. You can think clearer and focus on opportunities, instead of problems. It is a good idea to declutter your home every couple of months, so you are able to get rid of the things that no longer serve you and hold you back from achieving your goals. When everything is going smoothly, you will have the energy to focus on finding your true self, instead of going with the tide.
One way to be organized is to be prepared for emergencies and mishaps. One of the most important ways to do this is to make sure that you have the most important emergency numbers handy, maybe a list on your fridge. You can also use a notebook, which can come handy, as you can list all the professionals’ details you might need in the future: doctors, dentists, police station, firehouse, car mechanic, etc. Alternatively, a calendar and contact list app can serve the same purpose just as well. You don’t want to spend hours trying to find a local hearing aid repair company or a car mechanic if you have to get the kids to school.
When you are organized, you use your time more wisely, and therefore, you have more time to get things accomplished and to spend with your family. For example, while your children are at football practice, you can do your grocery shopping, instead of wasting time sitting in your car or driving home and then having to drive back to pick them up. Likewise, you can team up with other parents to share the school run, so you have more time to get organized around the house while your kids are out of it. If you are accomplishing chores while your kids are busy, you’ll have more quality time to spend with them when they are home.
Being organized and making preventive appointments will save you money and time! If you keep an eye on the maintenance schedules for your car or book your kids for a dental check, you can save money, as well. It always costs more to deal with emergencies than preventing them, so it is important that you book the important appointments well on time. If you decide where you want to go on holiday in the summer back in January, you will benefit from lower prices and more time to book your attractions, hotels and activities.
Being organized also has health benefits. First of all, your reduced stress levels will help you maintain a hormonal balance that is necessary for your immune system to function. If you can plan your meals ahead, you will not have to rely on microwave food or takeaway options, and your diet will have a positive impact on your health and well being. Further, if you can schedule regular physical activities, you will lose weight, reduce stress, and feel stronger and healthier.
Being organized will also improve your productivity. If you don’t have to spend time trying to find manuals or emails containing information you need for work or your kids’ activities, you can get on with your work or scheduled activities straight away. An organized work space can make you more productive and efficient, no matter what your profession is. Lower stress levels, clarity of thinking, and being able to find all your documents and invoices at ease will make your life so much easier.
Getting organized has multiple rewards. If you are one of those parents always complaining about the lack of time, getting your life in order might be the solution for your problem. Improve your financial, professional, and family life by taking control of the things to do and making it easier to manage your tasks.
What are one or two ways you reduce your stress?
Tags: organization, stress relief