Have you heard of “mess stress”? It is that stack of papers and books on the counter or general clutter about. It may not be in the dictionary, but I would wager that we all have felt the effects of it!
It is a term to explain how the messiness around you simply stresses you out. It happens when the stacks of paper on our desks have grown out of control. It happens when the house has dust bunnies all over the floors and stacks of mail everywhere because we have been too busy to care for it.
Some mess cannot be avoided. Paper accumulates. Laundry and housework accumulate. Dishes don’t get done. Life can get busy. People should come first but balance is VITAL for survival.
There are times the mess gets out of control. It is at that time we know we need to do something, we have to address the problem, we have to bring balance back, and we know we have to be intentional to make some changes.
5 Things to Do to remove the Mess Stress from your life:
Delegate: Let others help you! Why do we think we are the only ones that can do it?
Organize: Take a day off and start fresh. Clean it out. Get it organized.
Simplify: Get rid of what you don’t need. Donate it to a local charity!
Change your schedule: Get up earlier; spend some extra minutes at the beginning of the day to take care of things.
Discipline yourself: File things immediately. Pick up after yourself. Be proactive instead of saving things until the last minutes. Be intentional in how you spend your time!
Mess stress keeps you from being your best self. It means that we spend more time cleaning up the messes that are causing us stress than doing what we were wired to do. It means not having the freedom to spend our time making a difference in the life of another, because we are too preoccupied dealing with our messes.
Every day leaders know what to do. They KNOW that being disciplined is a way of life that makes us better and gives us more opportunities. They KNOW that eliminating stress as much as possible – is a key to being our best selves.
Every day leaders long to be their best, KNOWING that when they are at their best, they are better at making a difference in the life of those they lead and are around them!