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3 Tips to Declutter Your Life
Sunday, 07 January 2018 00:00

3 Steps to Declutter Your Life

It's one of the greatest ironies of life: We're too frantically busy to deal with the stuff that makes us feel frantically busy -- the to-dos that overwhelm us, the clutter that eats up our homes, the niggling personal and professional issues that preoccupy our minds. Tackling them might feel like a someday project, the kind you'll get around to when you have the time. Right.

The key to a calmer existence, experts say, is finding bite-size, everyday solutions for stressors and releasing what we can, be it physical or psychological clutter. "When you start to let go, your life lightens up because you have less to think about and less to maintain," says Geralin Thomas, a professional organizer in Cary, N.C. "You finally feel in control." The payoffs don't end there -- you can sharpen your focus and even lose weight, too. These are the strategies that will ease your load and let you enjoy life a lot more.

Clear your schedule

As we juggle it all, we're often fueled by an I-can-do-it! sense of pride. But we might be deluding ourselves, suggests a study in the Journal of Communication that found that people misperceive the emotional high they get from multitasking as productivity. And we're not even as good at it as we may think. Another study, published in Psychological Science, revealed that women's ability to keep track of several tasks at once dipped significantly during ovulation, when estrogen levels are high (and can mess with brain function).

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Crazy Fun Holiday Tips
Sunday, 07 January 2018 00:00

Relax, unwind a bit

Time to recharge your batteries in readiness for a happy and productive 2018.

Relax, unwind a bit.  

Enjoy these totally random ideas to help you on your way –
•    Survive your end-of-year office party: http://www.careers24.com/career-advice/work-life/how-to-survive-the-end-of-year-office-party-20140701
•    Check time zones, weather, sun/moon etc, and plan international Skype chats (or business meetings while you’re still in work mode):  http://www.timeanddate.com
•    Choose a holiday hotel with help from a drone: http://www.flyoverhotel.com
•    Drive safely with these road safety tips: http://www.gotravel24.com/theme/feature-focus/road-safety-travel-tips
•    If you’re flying, book the best seat in the plane: http://www.seatguru.com
•    Check the tides before you head for the beach:  http://www.kwathabeng.co.za/tides
•    Don’t forget also to check for perfect beach days (or approaching hurricanes and raging South-Easters) - use these wind and other animations (click on the “earth” icon for controls): http://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-341.47,-33.81,3000
•    Tasked with opening the bubbly?  Uncork it like an expert:  http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipes/cooking-tips/uncork-champagne-bottle#slide-1
•    Share Nature! Help document our biodiversity - contribute interesting sightings of any animals, plants or fungi you encounter: http://www.ispot.org.za/
•    Relax .….. waste a bit of time surfing the Internet:  http://www.women24.com/Trending/Fun-useless-websites-to-visit-when-youre-bored-20140509

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