I just discovered something simple that takes a little stress out of my life: write with a pencil. I know it seems crazy, but I found that writing in my day planner with pencil makes my life much easier. I still use a pen sometimes, but only for things that are set in stone that I know won’t change. I write everything else in pencil – including meals, how I’m spending blocks of time, exercise, everything.
For some reason, being able to erase and change things around easily gives me peace of mind. For example, I was going to spend most of tomorrow painting the kitchen. Two things changed. First of all, my husband and I decided we want to finish the bathroom before the kitchen. Second, the builders are still working, and I don’t feel comfortable doing a lot of heavy work when they are around. Solution, erase, copy, move around – presto chang-o, and all stress free – keeping my planner looking nice and neat.
I know this may not sound like much to you guys, but it made a BIG difference to me. It’s like using a pencil gives me freedom to be more flexible. I love it.