stick to a scheduleWhen you stick to a schedule you relieve stress whether you are aware of it or not. Think about it, I’ll wait. It makes sense, doesn’t it? That is if you have already created one, that’s key.  If not, here’s a post I wrote some time ago that talks about scheduling tasks to accomplish goals. The main goal being to relieve stress.

What needs to be scheduled, you may ask, well, everything! Everything you do needs to be documented in some way with dates and times included in the documentation which makes up a schedule.  Some examples are shown in the list below.

  • All tasks including maintenance and projects that arise on occasion, paying bills, returns, etc.
  • Personal and family appointments – healthcare, meetings, parties, pet’s appointments such as vet and grooming, haircuts, date nights, lunches/dinners, etc.
  • Kids sports or extra-curricular activities (very important once school starts), parent-teacher conferences, etc.

Since everyone is different, you may have a different way of documenting what you need to accomplish than others and that’s fine, as long as you understand it and stick to a schedule.

There are so many ways to do this, from using a paper calendar – wall, or desk, to a daily planner or bullet journal, to a digital schedule on an electronic device. Whatever your preference is that will work for you and that you will use every day.

As mentioned above, when you stick to a schedule you relieve stress. You eliminate confusion of knowing what you are supposed to be doing at any given time, and that relieves stress. When you perform tasks that have due dates, you avoid the consequences of missing those due dates such as late fees for not paying bills on time.

When you stick to a schedule of routine tasks, performing them regularly causes them to turn into habits.  You perform these habits without thinking about them as though you are on autopilot, no stress involved!