A Month Full to Streamline Your Life

A Month Full to Streamline Your Life

A Month Full to Streamline Your Life

As March beckons, here is an observation a day to streamline your life and have a greater sense of breathing space:

March 1: Routinely pare down your files. Often they can be merged, purged, or reassigned.  

March 2: To prehistoric man, life was a spear. On the frontier, life was a rifle. Today life is a desk. To manage your life better, learn to manage your desk. 

March 3: Having to deal with too many pieces of paper is most hazardous to your sense of breathing space. 

March 4: Stop opening and reading all the mail you receive each day. Much of it can be recycled immediately. 

March 5: Constantly identify what you have achieved no matter if it is big or small, at home or at work. You might be surprised at how far you have come.  

March 6: Do not allow problems from work to become problems in your personal life.   

March 7: If you have second thoughts about chucking a certain item, review it on five separate days. Allow yourself to get rid of it any time during the five day period. Thereafter feel free to keep it.
March 8: Stretch several times a day near or at your desk to relieve tension and help your circulation. 

March 9: When you are angry, frustrated, or depressed, simply recognizing your feelings will allow you to gain more control. 

March 10: Forget about what you no longer have and cherish what you do have so that you won't miss the present and all the magic it holds. 

March 11: Be aware of labels and packaging messages that lure you into buying products that you don't need. 

March 12: If you read the Sunday paper because you believe that you have to keep up or that it is the thing to do, STOP. Only buy a copy when you choose to read it. 

March 13: Anyone who has been helpful or productive in any way deserves recognition. Apply that principle to yourself as well as to others. 

March 14: When you engage in any task, go more than half-way before taking a major break, so that you're faced with less than half way when you resume. 

March 15: When a task is completed, acknowledge yourself. "I did a good job on this and it's rewarding to have it done." Then move on. 

March 16: Allow the time spent with family or friends to be free of emotional strain, anxiety, or disappointment.  

March 17: The present is the only moment in which you can take action.  

March 18: Revamp your files and get your desk in order at the end of the day so that tomorrow you'll be ready to start fresh. 

March 19: Taking deep breaths gives you a moment to collect your thoughts before tackling the next problem. Breathe deeply whenever you need to regroup. 

March 20: Live with the acknowledgment that constant change is likely.  

March 21: Don't let piles pile up.  

March 22: If you are concerned with the initial extra time needed to organize your environment, think about what disorganization may cost you. 

March 23: Remember all that glitters is not gold. This is especially relevant in this age of marketing glitz.  

March 24: When you buy items, put them in their end destination, not on the living room sofa or dining room punch bowl. 

March 25: Invest in yourself.  

March 26: Find books you no longer have an interest in and joyously give them away to charities. 

March 27: Keep a roll of dimes and quarters and a list of important phone numbers stored unobtrusively in your car for emergency situations.  

March 28: When facing a big project, divide and conquer. 

March 29: Keeping the flat surfaces of your life clear, such as the dining room table or your office desk, increases your ability to manage your life.   

March 30: Observe the most efficient people in your office. How did they get that way? Can you apply any of their techniques to your life?   

March 31: Revise your goals as old ones are accomplished. Make sure they remain in line with your life's priorities.

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Jeff Davidson

Work-Life Balance Expert

Jeff Davidson is "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" and the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com or call 919-932-1996 for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars.

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