Here’s What You Need to Do to Reduce Stress and Increase Productivity


Do you frequently feel stressed and say you do not have enough time to do everything you want? If your answer is yes, you are not alone. Millions of people around the world feel the same because is common at home and at work.

In fact, in the United States alone, eight out of 10 Americans say they feel stressed every day, according to a Gallup survey. Although stress is normal, it doesn’t mean you can do anything to reduce it and improve your productivity.

Gretchen Rubin, a happiness expert and author of “Outer Order, Inner Calm,” said there are simple but effective ways you can do to get things done, feel better and more productive.

Give yourself a power hour every weekend

Rubin told CNBC’s Make It that you must dedicate a Power hour for yourself during the weekend.  According to her, “Give yourself an hour. Power hour is when you set aside an hour on the weekend to do all the things that you’ve been procrastinating about.”

Rubin noted that most people find a way to postpone tasks that can be done at any time. These are normally simple things such as putting back sweaters on the shelf or going to the dry cleaners—chores that can be done with little amount of time.

Indeed, constant procrastination results to building up of unattended chores for “weeks or maybe even months.” When things pile up, you see clutter and feel overwhelmed and stressed.

According to Rubin, “Power hour is a way to keep it manageable especially for people who are super busy and don’t want to spend the entire afternoon of one of their precious weekend days clearing clutter.”

She added, “It’s amazing what we can do in an hour. In fact, we often over emphasize or over estimate what we can do in a short amount of time like a day or weekend. But then we underestimate what we can get done if we do a little bit of work consistently over the long term. So you may think, I don’t have six hours on Saturday to spend dealing with this, so it’s not even worth doing it anything at all. But if did power hour for a month, you would be amazed how much you can get done just this little bit at a time if you do it consistently over the long-term.”

Make it a habit to “keep up than to catch up”

In her book, Rubin wrote that it is important that you write down all the “unpleasant chores” you want to accomplish. Every week, make sure to set a time to get the things done on your list. She stressed, “Little by little, we can get a lot accomplished,” she says.

Furthermore, Rubin stated that to try your best to keep things organize or minimize making a mess to keep our week less stressful.

According to her, “One thing to remember is that it’s easier to keep up than to catch up. So do as much as you can do along the way that’s going to make it more pleasant for you as you go through your work week. That’s going to make less work for you on the weekend.”

“If you can steal yourself and take a few minutes and clean as you go, you’re going to feel better during the work-week, and then you can have less work on the weekend.”

In other words, stop procrastinating because it is a negative habit that makes your life stressful and less productive.


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