De-Clutter and De-Stress!

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Siimon Reynolds, mentor and coach to many business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs, and a Forbes magazine contributor, writes, in the 2013 issues, about a few steps we can take to be calm in a stressful work environment. These steps allow us to look within and condition ourselves, rather than looking for outside forces to do the job.

He suggest we determine the ideal person/character we hope to be or have and make that our priority. When faced with difficult or problematic circumstances, we should shift our thought process towards finding a solution rather than focusing on the problem. He suggests we eliminated the thoughts that add stress through calming breathing exercises and remembering that we are in control of our sense of calm and that it is not dictated by the situation or problem that surround us. Read more here…

Of course, it helps to make our environment conducive to harmony and calmness which will then result in productivity and consequently make our boss happy. Take a moment to look around your work space and ask yourself “Is it helping me work efficiently?” If there is a lot of clutter and unnecessary distracting “stuff” disseminated around that is birthing more stress and anxiety of “too many unfinished work”, then your answer would be no.

Here are 10 simple steps we found on the Lifehack website that can help you. (We like the last step especially – for obvious reasons).

  • Clear papers. Take all the papers on your desk, and around your desk, and put them in your inbox. […] With each document, your choices are to 1) Trash; 2) Delegate; 3) File immediately, 4) Do it immediately; or 5) Put the action on your to-do list and the document in an “action” folder.
  • Clear clutter. Now clear as much of the other stuff on your desk as possible. And it’s all possible.
  • Clear gear. You don’t need your office gear to be in sight. Put your pens, stapler, paper clips, digital camera, and any other assorted gear in a drawer, organized neatly.
  • Clear the walls. Clear every scrap of paper and most of the artwork from your walls.
  • Have an inbox. Have one inbox on your desk, and have all incoming documents, notes, phone messages and other papers be put into this inbox.
  • Simplify your computer. Clear your desktop of icons — it’s an inefficient way to launch documents or programs and organize yourself, and they’re just visual clutter.
  • Simple filing system. Use a simple alphabetical filing system with plain manila folders.
  • Edit, edit, edit. Once you’ve cleared the clutter, there’s usually still stuff you can clear away. Edit your surroundings.
  • Simple furniture. Go for the simplest furniture possible, a plain floor covering.
  • Simple decorations. Skip the bric-a-brac, and only have one or two simple decorations, such as a few flowers in a vase or a Zen garden. Read more here…

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