Create a morning routine.
Ever since I read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, I’ve been slightly obsessed with the idea of creating the perfect morning routine. (Though I, admittedly, haven’t been able to stick to it daily.) There are so many benefits to starting off each and every day in the same way, a way that will set you up for success. Knowing you’ll be doing the same few things as soon as you get out of bed each morning provides structure to your day. In the book, Elrod suggests incorporating things like meditation, affirmations, and exercise into your mornings. And just think, when you start your day off on the right foot you’ll feel less stressed throughout the day.
Plan your day for success.
How many times have you rushed to finish a project by a deadline, only to be left feeling completely frazzled? Don’t fall victim to this! Instead, take the time to schedule your day by blocking off ample time to accomplish your tasks. By doing this, you’ll be less likely to forget something and you’ll ensure you have plenty of time to finish what you’re working on without rushing.
Another great tip is to batch your tasks when scheduling. Batching can help increase your productivity and allow you to get more done. And when you can check more items off your to-do list, you’ll feel less stressed when you see what you still need to tackle. For me, I love to batch my blog posts by writing a week’s worth of posts in one day. It makes it easier for me to get all of them done and then I don’t have to stress over them not being finished.
Have set office hours.
Working a late night here and there is okay (and sometimes inevitable), but don’t get into the habit of it. It’s not healthy for you to remain plugged in all the time. Create set office hours and clock out at the end of the day. When the work day ends, this means no emails, no projects, no client calls, nothing. This will allow you time to relax, refresh, and clear your mind. Drawing that clear line between work hours and off-duty hours can be tough when you work from home, but doing so will help you feel less stressed because you’ll allow yourself the time off.
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Get plenty of sleep.
The above brings me to my next point: get plenty of sleep. Too many late nights will leave you feeling rundown. And if you’re not getting the sleep your body needs, you won’t have enough energy to check things off that to-do list the next day. Try getting to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning to help your body get used to a routine.
Give your body the nourishment it needs.
If you aren’t giving your the body the nourishment it needs, the littlest things can start to drive you nuts. If you’re seeing a shift in your mood or feeling rather “blah,” ask yourself if you’re treating your body right. Are you eating healthy snacks or munching on junk food? Are you staying hydrated or drinking too much caffeine instead? To help you feel less stressed, you should consider what you’re putting into your body. Eat snacks that are healthy, but refuel you by giving you an energy boost. And make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. When you’re so busy working, it can be easy to forget to eat a meal or turn to caffeine instead of water. But if you strive to make healthier choices, you’ll feel much better!
Get rid of the clutter.
Did you know that clutter isn’t exactly conducive to a productive day? And just think how frustrating it can be to walk into a messy office every morning. Don’t let your workspace become filled with unnecessary stuff. Before you clock out, make time to tidy up your desk, your office, or wherever it is you work. Toss your crumpled up notes in the trash can, put things away where they belong instead of leaving them out, and do a quick dusting every so often. By keeping your workspace looking nice, you’ll be feeling pretty nice, too!
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Make time for yourself.
Despite your busy schedule, it’s important that you make time for yourself on a regular basis. If you don’t, you’ll likely end up feeling burnt out and overwhelmed with the tasks you need to accomplish. Whether you work a half-hour break into your day or even just 10 minutes, it can make a huge difference and help you to feel less stressed. Some great ideas: yoga, meditation, reading, or taking a walk around the neighborhood.
Know how to handle stress.
No matter how much you do to feel less stressed, it’ll strike at some point. You just can’t avoid it. But if you know how to manage it, it’ll be much easier to get through it. Know what helps you specifically when you’re stressed. It may be something different than what helps the rest of us. Figure out what puts you in a good mood and leaves you feeling ready to take on the world!