Sunday, September 19, 2021

Simple Steps to Organize Your Workday

One of the best gifts we can give ourselves is organizing our time and eliminating some of the stress that often comes with each new day. I call it, pressing the reset button. Today is done. Start over tomorrow with a plan. 

I always try to take a few minutes to prepare for the next day at the end of each workday. I make a list and prioritize the things that I hope to accomplish tomorrow. I find that if I have a focused plan, I can get things done without feeling anxious. 

I leave myself notes and place sticky notes on folders and books that I plan to use. Pressing the reset button can work for you, too. No matter how tired you are, take a few minutes before you leave your office or classroom to clean off your desk and tidy up your work area. Be sure that when you return, you will find a neat, organized space. 

This system will help you at home too. Take time each evening to prepare for the following day. The few extra minutes you take to prepare will save you so much stress and tension in the morning when you are pressed for time. 

Before you go to sleep each night, be sure you have planned for the following day. 
  • Decide what you will have for breakfast and put out the dishes and flatware you will use. 
  • If there won't be time for breakfast, take along an energy bar, a piece of fruit, or a yogurt. 
  • Prepare your lunch for the following day or decide where you will eat lunch. 
  • Choose what you will wear and lay out your clothes and your shoes. (Don't wait until the next morning to discover that one of your shoes is nowhere to be found. Been there! Done that!) 
  • Place your keys and work materials near the door. If there is something you might forget to take along, write yourself a sticky note and put it with your keys. 
  • Be sure the kitchen and bathroom are neat and tidy. 
Press the reset button each day before you leave work.

  • Tidy up and organize your desk and work areas at the end of each day. 
  • Prioritize a "to do" list or leave yourself sticky notes to help you get started the following day. 
  • Leave work at work whenever possible. It will be there tomorrow. (I am a writing teacher, and I know doing so is not realistic much of the time, but do it if you can.) 

It may take you a few moments at the end of each day to press the reset button, but the following morning you will be so happy you did. Then, you can start your day with far less stress and worry. 

It works for me! 

Why not try it, or use a similar system that you devise?

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