Time Management Skills
Using good time management skills is one of the greatest things you can do to reduce moving stress. This will help you stay organized, get things done and allow you to visualize your move. When put into practice, you’ll notice a significant drop in your overall stress level. Below we’ve outlined some practical time management skills you should apply once you’ve decided to move.
- Set Goals that are Specific, Meaningful and Achievable and Time-based. (aka the “SMART Method – read more here). In other words, if you want all your clothes in your bedroom packed up one week before moving day, make sure that you will be able to achieve this goal and that it fits neatly into your overall plan. Setting goals such as “I want the bedroom packed up tomorrow”, when you already have something else planned, doesn’t seem Realistic or Achievable, and will no doubt cause you stress.
- Try the Quadrant Time Management System. Split your moving tasks into four quadrants based on urgency and importance. These tasks are either urgent or important, both, or neither. This will help give you a clear picture of what needs to be prioritized.
- Important tasks first. When you’re ready to attack your first moving task of the day, make it the most important item on your list. Once completed, the sense of accomplishment you will feel will help motivate you to get through other tasks on your list.
- Drop the bad habits. Do you find yourself flopping on the couch and flicking on the TV when you get home? Or do you mindlessly spend hours on Facebook or social media? These bad habits are terrible time wasters and should be curtailed or scheduled as a “treat” or “break” when you reach an important moving milestone.
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