As a busy mom of two elementary-school children and a professional chef and party planner, I am always on the go. Between the kids' schedules and my own endless list of errands, there is very little down time. My friends and business colleagues describe me as "effortless," but the truth is, my mind is always going a million miles a minute with lists of what needs to be organized, what needs to be accomplished in a given day or week, and what needs to be prioritized. It wasn't until I reached my 40s, and people started asking me "How do you do it?" that I started realizing that I had a "method" of organization that works for keeping my life on track. This is what keeps me organized and stress free:
Learn to stop (and breathe).
Before I begin, I stop. I've learned to take a deep breath and begin with my 20-minute "pause technique," which is based on Vedic meditation. Twice a day (usually in the mornings and in the late afternoon, when my energy is low), I sit still and breathe. I visualize my to-do list and, in my mind, put the items aside on a shelf. Then I take off the shelf only those things that absolutely need to be done that day.
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