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7 Ways to Wake Up
Organized & Stress Free
Have you ever felt like you’ve had a full day BEFORE you even got to work? I used to feel that way on a daily basis. Have you ever felt stressed out, running late, and unorganized before getting to work? Have you ever had days where it seemed everything was going wrong just to get to work to find you missed a deadline or heaven forbid you showed up at the wrong place? I have found this to be the case for several of my friends, colleagues, and clients. With that said, I put together a list of the 7 things I do to help start my day off right feeling well rested, organized and stress free.
1.) Write a To Do List
Before leaving work write out a To Do List for Work and your Personal Life. Doing so will leave you with a sense of feeling more organized and prepared for the next day. This helps eliminate emotional clutter in your brain and will allow you to sleep better at night knowing what you have to do the next day is written down. Therefore, you can relax and not feel as though you are forgetting something.
Often times we forget that our personal life and all the things we need to do associated with it are important as well. Be sure to include various things you want to do for yourself not just appointments for the kids, household chores, family obligations, etc. I have found that I am more organized and will stick to a goal if I write it down. For example, I write down and schedule my workouts, balanced meals, coffee and/or dinner with friends, date nights with my spouse, etc.
2.) Prioritize Your To Do List
Once you write out your To Do Lists be sure to prioritize them.
I don’t know about you, however, my days never seem to go as planned. Finishing the most important things on my list first helps me feel like I’ve accomplished something versus the rat race of having to put fires out here and there literally jumping from one issue to another all of which were not on my list. If I’m not careful the day will be over and I wasn’t able to check anything off the list for the day. Hence, the to do list keeps growing and a feeling of stress and being overwhelmed sets in.
Check off the items on your list once you have completed them. The actual act of physically checking off or putting a line through an item is a great feeling! It gives you a sense of control and accomplishment.
3.) Exercise Daily
We all know exercise is helpful in many ways, however, with the many demands of work and personal life we fail to see where we can fit it in. As a rule of thumb you should get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day. Exercise increases our serotonin levels helping us to feel happy and overall feel good.
Please understand, I’m not talking about major cardio workouts and pumping iron to build bulky muscles. While cardio workouts and strength training are very beneficial, we need to focus on getting a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise every day for our overall health, well-being and to reduce stress. It could be bike riding, aerobics, yoga, zumba, pilates or just walking to name of few.
4.) Don’t Eat or Drink Alcohol Too Late at Night
Eating and drinking alcohol too close to bed time could interfere with the quality of your sleep. It can prevent you from falling asleep, staying asleep, and/or being restless.
5.) Get Enough Sleep
Every person requires a different amount of sleep to be well rested, effective and productive the next day. On average adults should get 7-8 hours of sleep.
To ensure a good night’s sleep limit technological stimulation in the evening. Quit all technology at least 1 hour before bed – no TV, computer, or cell phone. Use that hour to read, write in a journal, relax, and unwind.
6.) Plan Your Clothes for the Next Day
Figuring out what to wear in the morning can derail your entire day if you’re not careful. I have friends and colleagues who literally take an hour to figure that out! Shocking, I know. Sometime the night before determine what you will wear. Lay it all out so in the morning you don’t have to waste precious energy on that. Include accessories such as a tie, scarf, jewelry, shoes, handbag, etc.
7.) Prepare Your Meals for the Next Day
Do NOT skip breakfast! Be sure to eat a healthy well balanced breakfast each morning. It goes without saying how important that is to our overall health, energy, and ability to think.
If you have children make their lunches the night before. If you bring your lunch to work make yours the night before as well.
The more you can do to prepare for the next day will ensure a smooth morning and with less stress.
These are just a few simple things that will help you wake up in the morning feeling more energized, organized, and stress free. Truly, anything you can do to save time in the morning to start your day on a more positive note is beneficial. With a little practice, you will end up developing a habit of being organized, you will find yourself happier, more structured, more productive and stress free!
I hope you found this article beneficial and I welcome your feedback. Feel free to email me your results of implementing these tips and/or your quick tips for your morning routine.
I wish you a happier, organized, stress free life!
Dawn McGee, C.P.C.
Certified Professional Life & Executive Coach