Declutter and Organize: Three Daily Habits that Will Keep you Stress Free
Create a Minimalist Workspace
Limiting the number of items in your workspace minimizes distraction. Be realistic about the items that are essential to your workflow. Some people may function just fine with a small wood desk, comfortable chair, and computer. Other people will require a few more items for their daily work routine, such as a paper filing system and a selection of pens and pencils. Find new locations for any items you don't use on a daily basis. For example, if you're only in and out of your filing system once a week, move it away from your desk. Once a week, take a few minutes to straighten up the area, cleaning all visible surfaces and moving non-essential items.
After you've established your minimalist workspace, clear your computer desktop. Many people have a cluttered desktop interface with tons of folders and icons, most of which are unnecessary for daily work tasks. If you have multiple files to open during the day, set up a hotkey to retrieve them, such as Autohotkey for Windows or Quicksilver for Mac.
Keeping only what you need on hand is a key part in living the Holmes Place life.
Write Everything Down
The great idea you have for your upcoming work project or the item you just ran out of while cooking may seem so obvious now. However, when you don't write down your ideas right away, they may be gone before you know it. Use a day planner that fits your daily schedule, and make a habit of referring to it throughout the day. For example, if you have lots of meetings and conference calls at work, it may make the most sense to have a planner with hourly slots for weekdays. If you don't need hourly slots for your daily tasks, a planner with multiple “to do” sections (i.e. chores, kid responsibilities) for each day may make more sense. If there are certain items you don't keep track of in your planner, designate specific areas for those notes. For example, if you don't use your day planner for finance planning, create a separate finance folder.
Cook More Food Than You'll Eat
Batch cooking cuts down on the time you spend cooking and on meal prep in general, including shopping for food and cleaning up the kitchen. Designate one or two days a week for extended periods of food prep and batch cooking. If you're brand new to batch cooking and bulk meal prep, there are lots of online resources to help you get started. You can use your food prep periods for anything from chopping vegetables for lunch salads to making chili in the slow cooker. Portion meals into individual containers for easy access during the week. Consider putting a couple portions of dinner meals in the freezer, too, for nights you don't feel like cooking.