Stress and Worry, Taking Care of Ourselves, Uncategorized

Stress Tip #4: Take A New Approach to Your Daily Schedule

“One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Now it’s time to make changes to your current schedule because we can all attest to how stressful it becomes when we over commit our schedules.  So let’s chat about how to approach our schedules and to do lists so we’re being realistic not overly ambitious!

We have all been guilty of this at some point – make a long to do list of all things that must be done right away.  Oh how nice it feels to cross off items on our list and experience a feeling of accomplishment. Wow! Look at ALL this I completed today.  That’s when we get crazy and up the stakes on our schedules by adding even more. And I don’t know about you, but that’s when I get crazy and add things that I know will take more time than I think it will – cleaning the fridge (that’s housing stuff science projects are made of ), alphabetizing the canned goods in the pantry, rearranging the master closet (that has clothes from the 80’s in there), etc.  Then I get stressed out when I can’t complete the task and have to keep moving it to the next day.

No more! Our new mission is to make a shorter to-do-list and ensure tasks on our list truly deserves its place. We have got to start asking the hard questions:  “Is this necessary or am I being too ambitious? What on my list is really essential to accomplish today? How much of my list can be rescheduled to another day? Does this task have to be completed by me or can I delegate the task?

That last question applies especially with household chores. Do you have to do all the sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, dishes or laundry folding? Where is that rule written? What will happen if that dirty cup stays in the sink, the fridge waits one more day to be cleaned, canned goods are stored disorderly, or you keep relocating the empty fast food cups in the SUV to the next available cup holder? Nothing, and the world, your world, will continue on.

So let’s lower our stress and give ourselves a much needed break by creating a realistic schedule each day so we get the essential tasks completed. We’ll feel better and we’ll create more time to appreciate and participate in all those wonderful moments in our lives.



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