Medical Self-Care: How to Feel Less Stress With an Organized Life

Medical Self-Care: Feel less stress with an organized life. Here are guidelines for removing stress, pressure and anxiety from everyday life.

| September/October 1982

Feel less stress with an organized life with these nine guidelines for removing stress from your everyday life. 

Medical Self-Care: How to Feel Less Stress With an Organized Life

We're all subject to the pressures of modern-day living . . . but people who are badly disorganized are likely to impose even more stress upon themselves. And that additional strain can (and almost certainly will) affect their health adversely.

Some lucky souls seem to be naturally organized (and the really lucky ones aren't too organized). But if you feel that you could benefit from a bit more order in your daytoday existence, just make a firm commitment to put the past behind you . . . and use the following tips to guide you toward better organization and less stress.


No. 1: Keep a planning notebook. By maintaining a cumulative master list of jobs that need doing, problems to be solved, and goals you'd someday like to reach — and by adding to the roster whenever an item occurs to you — you'll find yourself focusing on achieving your aims rather than simply on trying to remember what they are.

No. 2: Maintain a daily "to do" list. It's a good idea to start a rough draft of your job catalog the day before the tasks must be done (just write them down as they come to mind). Then, the next morning, read through the docket and mark each item "A" for very important , "B" for important , or "C" for less important . Now, rank the jobs within each of those groups: Label "A" items "A-1", "A-2", "A-3", etc. and do the same with the "B" and "C" categories. Finally, compose a finished draft, listing all entries in descending-priority order.

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