This week we will be talking about productivity. How to get more done, in less time, with less stress. In the Defining Your Priorities, we talked about what you value in life and what your priorities are. We also talked about your responsibilities and commitments. The purpose of those assignments were to help you see the things you may be doing that aren’t really important to you or don’t add value to your life and that of those you love.
If you are struggling with balance in your life, are very stressed, or dealing with anxiety or depression, you need to take some important steps. You need to learn to be an active participant in your life, and not a passive victim.
You need to either A. remove those stressors or B. implement strategies in your life to help you cope.
Remove the stressors
These may be fairly simple decisions, or they may be extremely difficult.
Let your toddler cry and learn to put themselves back to sleep at night
Go through and get rid of extra clutter in the house
Buy more socks and underwear so you don’t have to wash as often
Get rid of a pet
Fix the faucet that is always dripping
Remove a troublesome family member from your life
Implement coping strategies
Obviously, you can’t get rid of all the stressors in your life, some of them could be your husband or children! So, you have to step up and activitely implement some things in your life to help you with the difficult areas. And if you can’t do anything about the negative, you may be able to do some things to help take more of the day-to-day mundane tasks.
Create systems for repetitive tasks- I have included some links to oustide sites with additional tips
- Laundry- once a week? Every day?
- Meal planning (here is a great link for 5 emergency meals to have on hand)
- Grocery shopping
- Household chores
Create routines for recurring events
An important tip for parents- Teach your children to be self-sufficient as young as possible. If you are dealing with major stress, you should not have to help your 8 year old take a bath, or pick out clothes for your 10 year old. Your 6 year old should be able to make his own sandwich. Here is a post with a list of what kids should be able to do by certain ages. The more they can do for themselves, the less you have to do for them, leaving you energy to deal with your major issues or to just spend some quality family time together because *everything* is done.
While all of the above are good tips, be careful about trying to implement too many changes at one time. Pick a routine that would make the biggest difference to you and work on it. Pick a system that would help relieve some mental stress and implement it. Enlist the help of all your family members and others connected with you who may be willing to offer some help.
Doing this will help you to focus on the most important things, and the the most important things aren’t things, they’re people.
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