Planning any event can be stressful on your mind and your body. It is hard for some people to stay organized when so many little things need your attention. In order to be your best self and to get the most out of each and every day, we have come up with some tips that we know will help.

Before you go to bed every night write down a list of everything you need to do the following day. By jotting down these tasks your brain will be at ease knowing that there is nothing you will forget to do. It is a good way to relieve stress from your current work day and in a way is therapeutic. By writing down all of your tasks the night before your brain begins to rest, resulting in a better night’s sleep and feeling more energetic when you wake up the next day.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, chances are your mind is not at ease and your subconscious is telling you that something is unfinished. Realize your anxiety and think of the reasons why you are experiencing these emotions. In your head, walk through your work day and try to pin point where this anxiety is coming from. Once you have recognized the problem, accept it, take it in, and then release it. Tell your mind that you will tackle this issue tomorrow, and believe yourself that putting this issue off until tomorrow is in fact OK.

When I can’t sleep I try an exercise I learned that has helped me tremendously. While lying in bed, focus your attention on a single object in your room, examine the texture of the object, the shape, the feeling it gives you when looking at it. What are the colors of this object, ask yourself if you think this object accents your room. I recommend spending at least 3 minutes observing this object because soon you realize that your eyes begin to feel heavy and your body is starting to feel more relaxed.

Once you have mastered getting a good night’s sleep, try to set your alarm a little earlier so you have time to wake up and develop a routine. If you wake up a few minutes earlier, you likely will have time to pack a lunch, turn on some music, drink a cup of coffee and then head out the door feeling relaxed instead of rushed. It is so nice to wake up a little earlier each day knowing that you can be a little bit sluggish in the morning because you have given yourself that extra time. When you wake up later and keep pressing the alarm button until the last acceptable moment you feel rushed, scattered, disheveled and this could set your mood for the entire day. Don’t let that happen to you.

Finally, when you get to work focus first on the things that are most important to you. You can put off everyone else’s tasks until yours are complete. Your brain is the most productive in the morning because it has had a chance to unwind and rest. Take advantage of this and get what needs to be done earlier on in the day; this will make your day productive and leave you feeling like you truly accomplished something. Try doing this routine for 2 weeks and let me know if it has helped you become stress free, more organized and feeling a lot more content.

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