Here we are — full swing into the holiday season! And, Boise Idaho is an amazing place to enjoy the holidays. However, if you’re like me, from here until January, life becomes very hectic! Planning, shopping, cooking, baking, carpooling, sports practices, recitals, work, holiday events, parties, dinners, house decorating, gift wrapping, standing in long lines to mail gifts at the post office — whew, breathe!
So, amidst all of this, how happy was I to read a recent article which says all of this busy stuff is good for us! The article quotes research published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience that found the busier you are, the better it is for your cognitive function. I was particularly interested to read this as my father passed away in February from Alzheimer’s. And, probably like you, I’ve heard other information that keeping your mind active and engaged, along with regular exercise and eating well, may be the key to staving off cognitive decline.
Yet, even though we can agree that a busy schedule may be good for us, the stress it causes may not be. So, here are some tips from the article I read in Your Home and Lifestyle Magazine to manage this busy time of year and help relieve you of some of the hectic holiday stress:
Tip #1: DO TWO THINGS A DAY
Instead of getting overwhelmed by a massive ‘to-do list,’ every morning when you wake up decide on just two things that you are going to get done today. They can be small errands you have been putting off, or big projects you need to spend an hour getting started on. But, pick just two and write them down. Then, check in at night and make sure you got them done. Of course, you will do other things, as well, but having some focus on two tasks helps you keep moving forward, and gives you a sense of accomplishment no matter how your day went.
Tip #2: CREATE A MASTER TO-DO LIST
Unlike you daily to-do list, the master one serves as a record of the ongoing things that you’d like to get done such as removing the wallpaper from the bathroom or updating your holiday address list. This helps you do a brain dump on paper and helps you feel more organized. This list you should only refer to once or twice a month.
Tip #3: ESTIMATE THE TIME YOU THINK EACH ITEM WILL TAKE YOU ON YOUR MASTER PROJECT LIST
This one is huge considering many of us have a hard time gauging just how long a certain task will actually take us. After you complete your two things a day, you can use free time to tackle something off of the master list based on the time it will take.
Tip #4: BREAK PROJECTS INTO ACTION STEPS
Too often people try to tackle big projects, like painting a room or completing a report, without stopping to think about all of the small tasks and time involved to prepare and complete the project. At the start of each week, take some time to plan out three to seven action steps related to a few of your big projects. Then, focus on each action step one at a time. You will progress instead of being stuck with a big project staring you down.
Tip #5: DO A CALENDAR REVIEW EACH MORNING
Taking those ten minutes in the morning – or night before – to go over the things you need to accomplish for the day can really help you better focus on the tasks at hand. It gives you a minute to consider what your day looks like, when you need to be somewhere, when will you have time to be focused and productive. Getting a quick sense of your day can help you be more prepared to juggle your busy schedule.
Here at Templeton Real Estate Group, we see people all the time who are crazy busy trying to managing their lives AND trying to buy or sell their homes. That can add to the stress level. And, is the reason why you want to call us so we can manage all of the tasks for you and help you organize what needs to be done. Our team of professionals will guide you, stress-free, through the process and relieve you of those worries.
If you are thinking about buying or selling, give us a call. We offer complimentary consultations and would be happy to tell you about our success record and all that we do to help you get the result you want! Call 208.473.2203 today!
By Bonnie Way Snider
Your Home and Lifestyle Magazine. Blake Miller. October 2016