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Being organised to reduce stress2 min read

by Dr Olivia Ong

Why staying organised keeps me sane

As a busy doctor juggling numerous responsibilities, I’ve learned that being organized is crucial for maintaining my sanity. It’s not just about keeping my workspace tidy; it’s about creating a system that helps me manage my time and reduce stress. Here are some practical tips I’ve found invaluable both at work and in life.

5 tips to being organised and beating stress

Prioritize and Plan

Every morning, I spend a few minutes planning my day. I list out my tasks and prioritize them. This way, I know exactly what needs my immediate attention and what can wait. Using a digital planner or an app like To-do-list helps me stay on track and reduces the anxiety of forgetting something important.

Keep a Clean Workspace

A cluttered desk can lead to a cluttered mind. I make it a point to clear my workspace at the end of each day. It’s amazing how much more focused and productive I feel when I start my day with a clean and organized desk. It also means I can find what I need quickly, saving precious time.

Use Technology Wisely

In the fast-paced environment of a hospital, technology is my best friend. I use electronic health records to keep patient information organized and accessible. Outside of work, apps like Evernote and Google Keep help me keep track of personal notes and reminders. Embracing technology can significantly cut down on the time spent looking for information and streamline my workflow.

Delegate Tasks

Learning to delegate has been a game-changer for me. At work, I trust my team to handle tasks that don’t require my direct involvement. At home, I share responsibilities with my family. Delegation not only reduces my workload but also empowers others to take ownership of tasks.

Take Regular Breaks

It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of activities and forget to take breaks. However, I’ve realized that taking short, regular breaks is essential. Whether it’s a quick walk, a few minutes of deep breathing, or simply stepping away from my desk, these breaks help me recharge and stay focused.

The practicals of being organised to reduce stress…

Being organized is not about perfection; it’s about creating systems that work for you and adapting them as needed. By prioritizing tasks, maintaining a clean workspace, using technology wisely, delegating tasks, and taking regular breaks, I’ve been able to manage my stress better and improve my overall well-being.

Remember, it’s the small, consistent changes that make the biggest difference. Stay organized and take care of yourself – it’s the best prescription for a stress-free life.


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