by Anna Kunnecke
Feeling overwhelmed, overworked or over-anything? You might not be able to solve everything all at once, but here are five quick things you can do to help ease the pressure and simplify your life.
1. The power of white space
If the 12 inches around your keyboard and monitor are clear, you’ll feel better, even if your inbox is bulging. A three-second quick tidy of your workspace will help you feel more focused and calm.
2. Get it on paper
Any time you feel frantic and overwhelmed, sit down and do a brain dump. For three minutes, write down every single thing that’s on your mind, from big-picture strategy down to the exact brand of donuts you need to buy. Circle the three most important and do them first.
Hire people to clean, run errands, buy groceries and do your laundry for you. Someone will be happy to have the job, and your time is more wisely invested in doing your work: the things that generate revenue and contribute real value.
4. Let your calendar do the work
Put birthdays and anniversaries in your electronic calendar as repeating annual events. For important ones, put a recurring reminder on your calendar two weeks ahead, and you’ll never have to buy a midnight present again.
5. Put your fun on autopilot
You have to be proactive scheduling in fun. If you wait until you have extra time, it won’t happen. Whether it’s a regular golf game, a monthly book club or weekly family pizza night, add it to your calendar, set it and forget it.
Anna Kunnecke is a writer and a master life coach who helps women make discriminating choices in their careers, relationships and daily lives. She draws on her deep study of personal growth, mysticism and beauty to help women transform their lives from crazy and chaotic to streamlined and gorgeous.