How to Plan Your Life
Updated: Sep 23, 2019
With our super hectic lifestyles, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel like we don’t have as much time as we need. We have access to the most advanced technology and life’s more comfortable than it was for our parents and theirs. However, we are also the most stressed generation. The irony is, that all the technology that’s available is supposed to make life comfortable for us and we should ideally have more time at hand and yet the reality is quite different.
An average Indian works about 50-60 hours a week and every year more people complain of being stressed in life. Here are a few tips which can help you plan your life and manage stress. We’ve broadly divided them into 5 major areas of life.
This includes where you sleep at night (bedroom), workstation and any other place you spend maximum time at.
Your bedroom where you enjoy your 6-7 hours of uninterrupted sleep is most necessary to reduce stress and improve your productivity throughout the day. Arianna Huffington, co-founder and ex editor-in-chief of Huffington Post and now CEO of Thrive Global, is a champion for quality uninterrupted sleep and how it affects the way we function in life and our overall quality of life.
There are lot of case studies connected to clutter free workspace and productivity. A clean and clutter free desk can keep you focussed on your work and avoid unnecessary stress.
You may consider tidying & cleaning tips from the famous Marie Kondo.
If you’re not already into planning your day, start doing that to reduce the risk of being overwhelmed the next day. All successful people credit their successes to prioritising their tasks the night before going to bed.
If you’re struggling with your finances you may want to consider planning this area of your life. It’s one of the main, if not the main concern for anxiety and frustration among most people. You can use a budgeting tool such as Mint. “This is a budget tracker that quickly and easily lets you see where your money is going. Using a financial tool like this can help you track expenses and save both time and money.”
A good healthy lifestyle, first starts with what we put into our bodies. Without promoting a certain diet, let’s say a balanced diet with enough intake of water is critical. Second, is exercising. Experts can’t stress enough about the importance of exercising at least 4-5 times a week or about 30 minutes a day. As Jim Rohn once said “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
Next aspect of a healthy lifestyle is having a healthy mind. Consider trying meditation. Apps such as Headspace & Calm are ideal to start your meditation practice. If you’re on the fence it’s natural, but give it a go and you’ll reap the benefits for sure.
Additionally, you may also consider keeping a journal for your thoughts. Science has proven that it’s therapeutic and distressing to write down your thoughts and ideal for your mental health. You can use online journal such as Penzu or if you’re old school, a diary works just as well!
As we discussed at the beginning that while we are living in the best of times possible, somewhere in the rush to do more we maybe sacrificing our relationships unknowingly. The biggest boon -Social Media, can become a big bane if not monitored. Are you guilty of not listening enough and spending enough quality time with your spouse/ parents/ kids/ yourself even?
Consider turning off that phone!
We hope these tips will help you start planning your life so you’ll be able to enjoy it even more!