One of the most important things I teach my clients is how to build a “docking station”; the place you first go to as you come home. The place where you dump your stuff such as keys, handbag, phone, mail, sunglasses – all those little things you will either lose or forget about later.
This little habit saves a lot of stress as not only will you never lose anything again, but all the mail will be taken care of as soon as it comes inside the door – and no further!
Zen Habits has put together a list of 8 habit forming ideas that will make your life much more organised – and hence stress free!
- Get-in-the-door ritual. Whenever I get home, the first thing I do is put my stuff away. I have a designated spot for my keys, cash/cards, phone, and coins. Everything else either gets tossed or put wherever it belongs. If we brought something home like groceries or library books, those get put away, right away. This is an important little ritual because even people who have simplified their homes notice that possessions and junk can build up over time — and that starts with what you bring in. It’s no use simplifying and organizing if it just gets cluttered and disorganized every time you come home.
- Put clothes away. It’s so simple, but when I take clothes off, they either go in the hamper or I fold them & put them in my drawer or hang them in the closet. Others drape them over chairs or throw them on the floor or bed, and sorting through them later becomes a major chore. By doing it right away, things stay organized and I don’t have to worry about cleaning up later.
- Wash my bowl. When I finish eating, I wash my dishes by hand, mindfully. No mess to clean up later.
- Prepare meals in advance. Cooking your own meals is the healthiest (and most frugal) choice, but if you have to cook three to six times a day, it’ll get too cumbersome and you’re likely to give up. So I prepare my food in bulk (for 3-6 days in advance), and eat the same meals all week. It’s no harder than cooking smaller meals. I only make food that I adore, so I don’t get bored. It’s super easy to stay on a meal plan this way.
- Just step out the door. My motto for exercise. Most people have a hard time with motivation to do workouts, but not me. First of all, I only do workouts I love, so I actually look forward to them. But second, I never think about how I don’t feel like doing a workout — because I tell myself that all I have to do is get on my shoes and get out the door. The rest flows naturally.
- Clear distractions. When I’m ready to do a task, I clear all distractions. Small action, huge difference.
- Take a walk & reflect. Taking a short walk is such a simple thing to do — you can do it during your lunch break, or take a break when you’ve been working for a couple hours straight. It only needs to be 10-20 minutes. But oh boy, what a world of difference. Not only does the walk relieve stress and clear your head, it gives you an opportunity to reflect on what you’ve been doing, and reflection is one of the most important tools for changing your life.
- Breathe. When I get stressed, I simply breathe.
Read more here: http://zenhabits.net/lil/