Stress Awareness Month – Top Tips – The Planning Hour

April is Stress Awareness Month so I will be sharing a few top tips over the next 30 days. Stress affects everyone and a certain amount of stress is healthy. But when it actually stops you getting stuff done, it’s time to look at healthy ways to manage it. 

Here’s Top Tip:
#10: Spend an hour on your To-Do list – The Planning Hour

How often do you write a to-do list and never look at it again? Maybe you discover there’s more things on it than you’d like to admit, or realistically be able to get done in one day. You’re not alone, we are all busy so making lists and creating a plan can help you turn your to-dos into ‘ta-dahs!’

Spend an hour writing down ALL the things you feel need doing and then prioritise the top three. You can do this at any time of day but at the beginning or end makes sense.  

Write and organise what needs to happen to help you formulate a plan. Allocate how much time each activity realistically needs, remembering to schedule breaks and what resources you’ll need. 

If you find you have time left over in your Planning Hour, pick one of the top three you’ve already decided needs doing and get cracking. Even if you don’t manage to complete it, at least you’ve made a start. (There are action plan templates in the Members Area when you subscribe ).  If daily is too much, once a week can also work. Just make sure you remember to refer back to it so you stay on track. 

Most importantly, remember to reward yourself for a job well done at the end of the day. There aren’t many things more satisfying than ticking off those things on your list, and that needs celebrating!

To book Stress Awareness training for you or your company click here.

Copyright Delphi Ellis 

About Delphi Ellis

Qualified Counsellor, Mental Health and Well-Being Trainer, and Mindfulness Practitioner. Creator of Monday Mojo™. Talks 'Lady Business', raising awareness of factors which predominantly affect Women's Mental Health like pregnancy and domestic abuse. Helping to improve the global conversation, and bring an end to stigma and shaming. Dream Explorer as seen on the telly. Avid tea drinker.

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