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The Art of the To-Do List

Sandy Braz

Sandy Braz

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Eat better. Work out. Do yoga. Breathe slowly. Get more sleep.

These are all great suggestions for helping to reduce stress in our lives. But did you know that something as simple as getting organized and keeping track of your tasks in the form of a “to do” list can actually help keep you healthier, happier and less stressed?

It’s true, and there’s no better time to pick up good habits than at the start of a fresh year.

According to a 2008 article in the Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource, keeping track of what you have to do by writing it down will help keep the burden of remembering off your shoulders, thereby helping to reduce your overall stress. Also, keeping a list, says the article, allows you to keep track of what you’ve accomplished, which is a great way to boost your personal morale.

Be sure to schedule your time, as well as your tasks and leave enough time for unexpected delays, like rush hour.

To help maximize your next to-do list, have a few tips for making the most of your day and the least of your stress:

  • Place the most time sensitive tasks at the top
  • Take your time when planning your list
  • Write everything down, including appointments
  • Work on big tasks a little each day
  • Keep your list easily accessible, like in your daily planner or smart phone

By putting these few tips into practice, you can ensure that you’re doing what you can to minimize stress and maximize your free time.

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