ORGANIZE YOUR WORK WEEK ON SUNDAY
Dedicate a little time to look through your work calendar. Prioritize meetings, tasks, and deliverables according to your load. I find spending a few minutes to get my bullet journal in order on Sunday allows for an easier start to the week. And, let’s be honest, Monday’s are already extremely hard.
CREATE A COMMAND CENTER AT THE ENTRYWAY OF YOUR HOME
Everything has a place or at least it should, in my opinion. Feel free to make this area your own. Do what works for you and your routine. A place to hang my keys, jacket, bags, and adding a section for a maildrop works for me.
ELIMINATE THE PASSWORD GUESSING
I was living under a rock for some time until someone very special introduced me to iCloud Keychain – no joke, it’s a game changer and life saver. Although a basic level of password management, it’s a convenient feature that keeps your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers stored in iCloud. If it’s stored in a cloud device, it means you can access it from your laptop or phone.
STOCK UP ON SUPPLIES OR DIGITAL TOOLS
Whatever floats your boat – whether its planners, notebooks, ledgers – stock up! Writing down a to-do list and planning your day is a great way to make the most of your time throughout the day. Seeing what needs to get done ahead of time will allow you to prioritize and hopefully minimize any stress.
I also find it especially useful to keep sticky notes on hand – in case you get a great idea or last minute add in pop in your head.
If you lose everything or just don’t have the time to write it down, how about a digital tool like Trello to keep your thoughts organized? It’s a collaboration tool that organizes all of your projects and tasks into visually appealing, easy-to-use boards.
GIVE YOURSELF A FAKE DEADLINE
In order to minimize any stress, I find a deadline – real or fake – to be extremely helpful. We’ve all been there before, we’ve procrastinated and left things to the last minute … which can leave us feeling guilty or just downright disappointed. I find giving yourself an earlier deadline is a pretty surefire way to get the results you want.
TAKE A BREAK
I am so good at taking breaks. No matter what you have going on or what needs to get done, it’s important that you take breaks. Your mind and body need a little moment to pause and reset. Especially for those of you staring a computer screen from 9-5p, make sure you look away from that screen and allow your brain and eyes to rest.