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I saw this saying on a bumper sticker once and thought it was pretty clever, but when I really thought about it I didn’t think it was funny at all.
Clearly, the author has never experienced real stress, because there’s nothing “sweet” about it. Anyone who’s ever experienced the elevated heart rate, nausea, sleepless nights, irritability and a host of other physical and emotional symptoms knows there’s nothing dessert-like about it.
With the start of a new year everything seems fresh, new and manageable.
Even your New Year’s Resolution to quit smoking or lose weight still feels attainable.
- Take advantage of this optimism to create a plan to manage juggling school, work, family, and all the other little issues that can cause a real imbalance in your life. If you wait until the chaos arrives to try to handle it, you’ll generate more stress. Then you’re back in the thick of it, with no ability to see a clear way out; a real vicious cycle.
- I take my various calendar obligations: work, social, otherwise and put it on a spreadsheet, taking care to allot ample time for each event. I’ve learned underestimating creates a lot more stress, so be realistic here.
- Then I include even the most mundane tasks for the entire week from grocery shopping to stopping at the dry cleaners and even making my lunch at night (you do know this is the best time management trick EVER, right?) I color code it, and viola, I’m set for the week.
- How much time does this take? Roughly 30 minutes Sunday evening, but the best investment of 30 minutes with the highest dividend payoffs.
I’m not suggesting my system is the only one that works; I just know it works for me. The bottom line is one system does not fit all. You have to honestly assess your personal strengths and weaknesses, what you generally tackle first and what you tend to procrastinate on, and create a method you like and is effective.
I thought I’d share a couple links I think provide really useful information.
- The first website covers everything from school to home to financial management. It even suggests Google Calendar, which is a free online version of my spreadsheet idea…check it out!
- The second link has one main message, “Get some.” Read it and you’ll see what I mean. They’re really basic needs, but they’re the first ones to be neglected when life becomes an out-of-control roller coaster.
Alrighty…completed blog – check. Now, time for dessert.