4 EASY Ways To Take Control Of Your Life

4 EASY Ways To Take Control Of Your Life
By Kevin Campbell
Published March 19th, 2014

It's easy to feel overwhelmed from time to time, especially if you have a lot going on in your life. Your schedule may be packed full of obligations and commitments, and you can start to feel like you don't have time for them or for yourself. If you feel like this all the time, however, it's important to realize that there are steps you can take to correct the situation.
 

Start by making a list of everything you have to do for the following day. If it's Monday, for example, write "Tuesday" on the top of a piece of paper and list your commitments. If you predominantly use your computer, you can right-click on your desktop and select "New Text Document." This will create a new blank document on your desktop that you can rename "Tuesday" to accomplish the same thing. There are also tools that you can use that are native to the Mac OS X operating system if you own that type of computer, as well. Mac OS X comes with a program called "Stickies" built right in, for example. Open a new "Stickies" document and use it to create the list of things you want to accomplish. The document will stay on your desktop at all times, but it will be unobtrusive. You will still be able to accomplish other things on your computer, but you always have the document to refer back to in the event that you need it. You can also easily mark items off the list without ever opening and closing the program, as the document will always be right there on your screen.


Learn how to tell people "no." If you've already got so many commitments that you're feeling overwhelmed, adding additional ones that you don't need to isn't going to do any good. If you've got a busy day and a friend wants you to help them move, you're going to need to tell that friend that you can't. He or she will more than likely understand - that's what friends are for.

 
Make sure your list includes something fun every so often. After the list entry for taking the kids to soccer practice, for example, write down "Watch TV for 30 minutes" or "Read for 30 minutes" or something else that you find pleasurable. These little interstitials throughout the day will act as a motivator to continue on through the list until completion. If you make fun things a part of your daily ritual, the process of moving down your list of things that you want to accomplish will no longer be something that you dread.

 
Take things one day at a time. Worry about today's problems today, and tomorrow's problems tomorrow. Focusing on obligations one day at a time will allow you to truly feel like you've accomplished something as you lay down to bed each night, because you have. You get to experience that same feeling of accomplishment tomorrow as well.