Stress is a horrible thing. It often sneaks up on a person and causes all sorts of problems. There are many reasons why one gets stressed out but one of the worst causes of stress is being disorganised and finding yourself running out of time, or arriving at a place without important stuff that you need.
Like the homework you left on the dining room table or your PE clothes, or your permission slip to go on an outing.
There’s a relatively easy way to eliminate such stress.
Plan your day.
Ergh! Sibo. I hear you say… that’s so boring.
Not really—if you plan your day, you’d probably have more free time to do fun stuff.
How many times have we all rushed around, looking for something at the last minute, panicking like crazy when we can’t find it—only to find that it’s right there, under our nose. Or even worse, having to leave the house without it.
Use a diary or planner and write down everything that you have to do the night before.
This way you won’t wake up in the middle of the night, think of something you have to do the next day and lay there worrying that you’ll have forgotten it by morning.
Part of planning, is developing a routine.
- Try to go bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time in the morning. Set two alarms if you have a hard time waking up.
- Have a shower, get dressed, and eat your breakfast (or the other way around if you are a messy eater).
- Rather be ready to leave five minutes early than be running five minutes late.
- Pack your school things the night before. Make certain all the stuff you need for the next day is in your case before you go to sleep. One less thing to worry about.
- Create a routine for yourself as far as your homework is concerned too. Try and do it at the same time every day. Don’t leave it for after supper when you are too tired to think either.
- Keep the space where you do your homework neat tidy so that you don’t get distracted.
- Lastly, don’t multi-task. While you might think you’re getting loads of things done all at once, usually nothing gets done properly. Do one thing at a time and do it well.
Being organised means being in control.