Over the past couple years, I’ve made some changes in the way I manage my time and handle stress. It’s occurred to me recently that even though I still have a lot on my plate and live a busy life, I just feel so much calmer than I used to.
We live in a fast-paced world where it often seems like the expectations to be busier and do more are so high. Given this, I thought I’d share some of the habits I’ve implemented that have contributed to helping me feel more in control and less stressed – even while juggling family life, a home, a business, and everything in between.
Habit #1: I Exercise Almost Daily.
I’ve written a lot about how I lost weight last year. A huge part of maintaining that weight loss has been to continue to workout. My sport of choice is running. When I’m running, I can’t do anything else – no housework, no emails, no bills. Running helps calm the mental storm that can often take over, plus it gets the blood flowing. I often find that a good run helps me focus better on the tasks that follow. To make sure that I get in my exercise, I typically put on my workout clothes first thing in the morning and then head out as soon as I’ve put the kids on the bus.
I have had times in my life where I did not make regular time to exercise and can tell you, I was not as able to effectively manage my stress or anxiety. I really think it does something to our mood and ability to focus when we exercise and care for our bodies.
Habit #2: I Make a Daily To-Do List.
One habit I’ve developed in the last couple years is making a daily to-do list. There’s something very freeing about getting all those thoughts of what needs to get done out of your head and onto paper. You no longer have to try to remember them, which frees up brain cells (this is how I explain it anyways). My favorite to-do list is this Daily Docket that I’ve written many times about. It encourages you to hone in on your three “Most Important Things” to get done each day. [Read more…]