You probably experience more stress than you need to, because your life is too complex. Today, we are bombarded with information from many sources, directly and indirectly. This makes your life very complicated, as you struggle with emails, papers, bills and people, worried in case you miss something. There are some strategies which can help you make your day run a little smoother.

Firstly, take time out to get organized. By taking the time to work out routine tasks, you can save yourself a lot of frustration. Here are a few ideas:

* Simply mark off on the calendar when you have regular appointments, birthdays etc. Set up automatic payments with your bank to pay your bills, and pay them on time.

* Give your possessions a regular place to live. For instance, how much time is spent searching for keys or spectacles? Always put items away in the same place, and you will gain hours over a year that would otherwise be spent looking for them.

* Entrust other people with tasks that are time consuming, or that you don't like to do. Most of us are overworked and lacking spare time. There are probably many things that you can farm out to family members, such as picking up the dry-cleaning, or grocery shopping.

* Always be on time for appointments, as this will help you keep to schedule and you will get a reputation for being dependable, and responsible. Mark out free time in your diary so you don't over commit.

* List making can make a huge difference in the amount you can achieve, and will reduce the constant worry of trying to remember everything. At the end of each working day, take the time to write out a list of the things you want to achieve tomorrow. Prioritize them so that you do the most important tasks first.

* You will find it less stressful to complete one job at a time. Do the most important tasks first, but finish them before starting on the next one on the list.

* Work out your meals and shopping list for the week. This will make it much easier for you when it is time to cook the evening meal. You will have the ingredients to hand, and it will also stop you picking up unhealthy takeaways.

* Record any television programs that you enjoy, and then watch them when you have time. This will make life easier than dashing about because there is something on that you simply can't miss!

* When difficult situations start to build, deal with them straight away, before they get so big that it takes a lot of time and effort to sort them out or put them right.

* Finally, de-clutter your home and workspace. By tidying your living and working areas, you will not only be able to live more simply, but a neat home will give you peace of mind and allow you to relax.

There are many more actions you could take to simplify your life, but I hope these few suggestions will gain you a few more hours in your week and reduce your pressure.

Written by Christine Sherborne - For more articles like this visit her web site

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Wouldn't it be great if we knew everything when we start out in life? Lessons are often painfully learned and often costly. My hope is that you will read through the lessons that myself and many others have learned from, avoiding the same mistakes in your own life. If you take these seventy lessons on board they will help make your life run more smoothly, giving you a happy and successful life you deserve.

Author's Bio: 

Christine, is a successful businesswoman with more than twenty five years experience, having owned and run businesses both in New Zealand and the UK, and now in Australia.

She was awarded ‘Auckland Business Woman of the Year’, in 1996, for the remarkable and rapid growth, and success of her packaging company.

Christine originally trained in Art and Design, and later achieved a Diploma in Sales and Marketing. She has used her natural business talents and creative flair to develop innovative and successful business ventures as diverse as packaging, importing, computer sales and manufacturing.

Christine has travelled widely, sourcing product, suppliers, customers and manufacturers for her businesses, giving her a natural empathy, enabling her to negotiate and communicate with a diverse range of nationalities and peoples with confidence.

Being a naturally positive person, she has long been interested in self-help and motivation, and she is widely read in these subjects, using the knowledge gained to help to progress her various business interests.

In her personal life she has experienced major life traumas which have taught her many valuable lessons. Those experiences and how she coped with them, overcame them and restored joy and happiness into her own life, prompted her to write a series of inspirational self-help CDs to help others who may be going through similar traumas.