Health benefits of being organized

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September is creeping closer, which means summer days are almost over! With school, sports and other numerous after school activities, things are about to get busy again. With all of the health benefits of being organized, you might want to start today!

STRESS RELIEF

An endless list of things to do constantly looming over you is often the source of stress in your life. Getting organized will feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Take the time to examine how you can make adjustments to remove the "stressors" in your life and ultimately reduce your stress levels.

Lisbeth O'Malley, an employee development specialist at Beaumont, says one of the most productive things that can be done is simply tracking your day.

"When you have a to-do list, honestly assess the amount of time you spend there," explains O'Malley. "Will it really take two hours to complete that task because of the task itself or because of the interruptions you allow."

SLEEP BETTER

Even if you don't realize it, clutter in your bedroom can cause you to lose out on sleep. Additionally, if you are disorganized you may be staying up later to do something at the last minute, or worrying about something that needs to be done. Get organized by clearing away the clutter in your room so you can sleep longer and deeper at night.

INCREASE 'ME TIME'

You can discover you have more time to focus on your own agenda when you actually make time for it! Try writing down and prioritizing time to do something you enjoy.

O'Malley adds, "So often we leave ourselves until last! There is no way that you can take care of anyone else - patients, family, friends - if you're running on fumes. It doesn’t matter what you do - it matters that you do it!"

HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

When you've planned out your meals, you're less likely to forget to pack something to eat, which leads to less impulsive eating. You're also more inclined to find motivation to exercise if you plan out time for it.

BE MORE PRODUCTIVE AT WORK

Disorganization can make you feel unmotivated. Clearing out clutter will give you the energy to focus on what you need to do. If you're feeling tired at work, try taking a few minutes to organize your surrounds by throwing away your garbage or filing your emails.

"Did you know that some email programs allow you to take an email and easily create an appointment or a task? Once it’s where it belongs, it won’t be screaming at you every time you open your mailbox," advises O'Malley.

A little effort can go a long way. Spending just a few minutes each day to get organized will help make your life healthier and happier!