List-making is a simple tool for clearing mental clutter and releasing stress.  If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a pen and piece of paper and write down everything you can think of that needs to be done in the next several days.  The more stressed-out you feel, the more you need to put down on that paper!  The simple act of writing it down will make you feel better.  Now, take a second piece of paper and re-write your list in order of priority.  As you do this, do you see anything you can eliminate?  Every day, re-write your list.  It’s not rocket science, but this simple technique can help create a sense of calm.  A word of caution: DO NOT do this exercise immediately before going to bed!  It could have the opposite effect.  As you lie down, you may find your mind obsessing over tomorrow’s activities.  Better to do this in the morning or at the end of your work day.

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