A to do list can help you relieve some stress. We have all heard about it and most have done one, some of us have kept up with it, others have not and then there are those who either lose it or misplace it. Still making one will relieve some stress by having less to think about, having more to remember and less frustration from forgetting.
Today, unlike many years ago we can actually carry our to do list with us where ever we go, many phones come equipped with a memo, calendar or notes app, I for one utilize mine to a full extent, I love it because I can also add an alarm to the item on the list and when it is done, I just clear the field.
Those magnetic boards for your refrigerators are awesome, but we can easily get use to seeing them and wind up ignoring them, I know I have. One of the things that I use to do before my phone is, I use to by those large pieces of construction paper with a bright neon color, then I would take a thick colorful marker and make a to do list, placing it in a visible area where it would just glare at me whenever I walked by, now how can you miss that.
With those two great ideas we can’t possibly forget to add the planner, the perfect sized one that will fit perfectly in your purse or briefcase and go with you where ever you go, before these do it all phones, planners were my favorite.
I’ll tell you, there is nothing that I dislike more than to walk around wondering, what on earth was it that I had to get done, it is a definite stress riser to me, I’m sure to others as well. And how about thinking of all the things you need to get done all at once, it is like having a western dance going on in your mind, and you know there’s a big headache that follows. Somehow looking at a list and seeing it in print eases your mind.
A list also gives you order and organization which helps us feel more in control over our lives and confident. Oh, and how about sleep? Less stress means more sleep, with a to do list we will have less mumbo jumbo going on in our heads at night wondering along with worrying about what needs to get done, and a more refreshed feeling in the morning energized and ready to tackle the list.