Preparation Up Front — Your Powerful Everyday Stress Reliever

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Preparation relieves everyday stress by enhancing your flexibility.

Knowing that you’re ready for anything is powerful. It means you don’t have to scramble when something unexpected comes up.

And up front preparation doesn’t just reduce stress. It also enhances your ability to focus, making you that much more efficient and effective in each moment.

And yet, for many, preparation isn’t an activity that is a priority. Maybe you don’t think you have time for it. And maybe this is especially the case when you’re busy and feeling pulled in many different directions.  

But that is exactly when you need to use this skill the most.

Preparation time is time well spent.

The other day my VA told me about a recent morning when she had overslept.  She had lost an hour and had lots to do before heading off for a work meeting.  She was pleased about her new habit of doing some daily tasks like making her lunch the night before.  The preparation she had done ahead of time made her late morning workable for her. So it turned into a very empowering experience!

3 Preparation Tips

So, here are 3 tips to consider, as you think about ways to build more preparation into your routine:

  • Step back and scan your daily tasks.  Are there things you do every day that can be set up ahead of time?   Make a list of these kinds of tasks. Include the times of day when preparation could really give you a boost. I mean things like:  
    • Making your lunch,
    • Compiling your to-do list,  or
    • Getting together your clothes and other necessities for the day.
  • Decide on one or two tasks that you will prepa ahead of time.  I’d suggest that you choose tasks that are simple and quickly accomplished, as you get started.  You’re making a significant change in your usual way of doing things. So be ready for some bumps and maybe even some rebellion at first.  Be gentle-but-steady with yourself.  Changing patterns always kicks up some dust!
  • Review and tweak your process.  Check in with yourself about how it’s going.  Maybe a different task would work better.  Maybe you notice that it’s not in the morning but at dinnertime that things get backed up for you.  Don’t be afraid to change things up.  Remember, the goal is to make your life easier and give you more flexibility during your busiest times.

How can you use these 3 Preparation Tips to reduce your stress?

Give yourself some breathing room, and find more time, starting today.

More help for you…

Would you like to learn more about clarifying your priorities and making choices that work for you?

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  • Who you are,
  • What you value,
  • What makes you tick, and
  • How you relate to your time choices.

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