Life clutter, both physical and mental, can cause stress, steal our time and reduce our effectiveness. While it’s difficult to make changes in our life, we must do so when we are feeling overwhelmed with our responsibilities and challenges. To be less stressed and happier, we need to create balance in our lives. Achieving perfect balance every day is unrealistic, but we can manage our life so there is more peace and calm. The benefits will be instantaneous. Try these strategies.

 

Slow Down!

Every minute of every day doesn’t need to be filled with things to do, places to go or people to see. Take time to rest, relax and clear your mind. If you can’t remember the last time you did so, do it today!

 

Limit Commitments

Keep your commitments (both personal and professional) to only those things you are truly passionate about. Consider eliminating one current commitment from your life that does not bring you a sense of joy or fulfillment. You don’t need to be everything to everyone!

 

Start A New Hobby

Start a new hobby or resurrect a hobby you really enjoy, but haven’t done in a while because there’s "not enough time." It’s important to make time for fun and enjoyment. If necessary, schedule an appointment with yourself and don’t let anything else take you away from it.

 

Use a Daily Planner

When you write down your schedule every day, it is easy to start to see time as "tangible." To be better at managing our time, we need to see where and how we are currently spending it. Our brain is for thinking, not remembering. So when we use a daily planner, written or digital, it helps us stay on track and reduces stress.

 

Learn to Politely Say No!

How many times have you agreed to do something that you really didn’t want to do out of guilt? Let go of the guilt and give yourself permission to decline a request or invitation that does not fit into your schedule or passions.

 

Look for more tips from Deb in the Observer Dispatch every Sunday and on her websites decluttercoachdeb.com and dceffconsult.com. You can follow her on social media and watch her TV show Organization Motivation! at organizationmotivation.com.