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Get Organised! Or, clean up the clutter in your life!

My article on productivity and cleaning up the clutter in your life was carried by Life Positive magazine in their June 2013 issue:

Keep stress at bay and increase your productivity by organising your life

It might be a cliché to say that modern-day lifestyles are full of stress, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Caught between the competing demands of home and work, we often overreach ourselves and get overwhelmed by all that we ‘need’ to do. Many of fall prey to this at one point or another: We find ourselves drowning under a pile of responsibilities that just keep on increasing, and soon, missed deadlines and broken commitments become a common occurrence. This isn’t just a recipe for stress and worry – let it fester too long and it’ll become a ticket to chaos, confusion, and inefficiency.

Taking the time out to simplify and organise your life might seem to be yet another of those tasks competing for your limited time. However, putting in the effort to come up with a streamlined workflow will pay off dividends in the long term. Let’s take a look at where to start cleaning up the clutter from your life:

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Off to Dreamland, aka Sleep Tight!

My article on the importance of a good night’s sleep was published by Life Positive in their January 2013 issue:

Punishing schedules and packed timetables can play havoc with our sleep. We might ignore this, but this has serious consequences for our well-being

If there’s one thing we hated as kids, it was being told to go to bed. It’s funny how most of us can easily look back to a time when we’d actually rebel against sleeping. Unfortunately, as the years go by and the responsibilities pile on, the reverse becomes true – we’d like to get more sleep, but there’s work to be done and places to be.

Packed schedules and stressful lifestyles have contributed to what’s often considered an epidemic of insomnia. We spend most of the day working, come back home, turn on the TV, and drift off to an uneasy sleep, waking up the next day feeling tired and groggy. There’s also a reverse effect at work here –Some of us look at sleep as ‘something for the weak’ and pride ourselves on needing just a couple of hours each night.

What we don’t realise is that a lack of sleep – or rather, a lack of quality sleep – has a deleterious effect on our systems. You might look at sleep as ‘resting’ time for your body but that would be understating it quite a bit. Sleep’s more than just giving ourselves a break – it’s necessary for your mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

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