Image: stop sign by Clover Autry/Flickr

Stop! Give me a list of all the things you need to get done before the end of the day. Right now! Write them down–go go go!

Wow. That’s a pretty big list. How are you going to do it all??

The title of this post is somewhat misleading, as my real objective is this: I want you to STOP trying to fit it all in today. Stop doing so much. I get it, you’re busy. Me too. Jobs, families, school maybe, etc. Oh, and fitting in the grocery store. All of these things are important.

But what are you doing that you can cut out?

Did you know that there’s an entire conference dedicated to Stress Management? According to the organizers and their research, 73% of Americans are stressed out right now. That’s craziness, you guys.

Photo by john.schultz, 5/4/2010: To-Do List/flickr

I guess maybe I do have some suggestions to deal with your giant To Do list. Rather than trying to eat the whole elephant today, do this:

  1. Prioritize. What are your long-term goals? Look at your To-Do list. What on that list is helping you get there? Anything that’s not? Put those things on a different lists. The “Maybe Someday” list. I’m not saying that you never want to get those things done. But does it have to be today? Nope.
  2. Make a Fun To Do list. What are some of the things you’re putting off because of all those things you think you have to get done? A date with a loved one? A mani/pedi? Make just a little time just for yourself.
  3. Don’t multi-task. Focus on just getting one thing done at a time. It turns out that no matter how much you think you’re handling at once, your brain just can’t keep up. Complete one thing, then start another. Feel better?
  4. Schedule in your exercise. Am I seriously asking you to do even more? Yes. Exercise can help you control the stress in your life. Even if you can only steal 10 minutes from your crazy schedule, go do it. Take a walk or even stand up at your desk and do a few squats. Store a hula hoop or a jump rope in your office. Sitting all day is bad for your health anyway! Need some ideas? Ask me!

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to read me!

Images: stop sign by Clover Autry/Flickr and 5/4/2010: To-Do List by john.schultz/flickr

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