7 Things Every Type A Person Should Do Every Day
Like meditate and think big picture
Hiya, type As. Yeah, you know who you are, woman who is simultaneously booking dinner reservations and re-confirming her kid’s August 15th playdate. Here, seven things you can do to stay sane even on your most micromanage-y days.
START YOUR MORNING WITH A MEDITATION APP
Sure, your to-do list is a mile long, but you’ll feel much more centered if you can take 15 minutes to shut the rest of the world out.
VERBALIZE YOUR GOALS, NOT EVERY SINGLE TO-DO
It’s a waste of your time--and energy, frankly--to spend the day micromanaging every single task you (or your family members) need to get done. Instead, focus on communicating the end goal (“What can you do to help get the house clean by tomorrow’s party?”) rather than individual teeny tasks (“Hey Roger--clean the lasagna goo off the front burner!”).
FAKE A MEETING
Ugh, the nanny ran late and you were hoping to knock out the bulk of your emails first thing, but now your day is off track. Block off a me-time hour in your Google calendar (to everyone else, it just reads “busy”) and use it to catch up on email/ Facebook/anything that makes you feel more accomplished. (No one has to know.)
SLIP OUT FOR A MANICURE AT LUNCH
Hey, splurging on the ten-minute neck massage while you get your nails done totally counts as multitasking. Promise. (OK, we know you don’t get a manicure every day...but the point is: treat yo’self!)
SNIFF SOME CITRUS
Studies show that it can seriously reduce tension, anxiety, nerves and stress. (You knew there was a reason you’ve been keeping a pretty bowl of lemons on your desk.)
DO SOMETHING SPONTANEOUS
Maybe it’s picking up a bottle of Sauv Blanc on your way home. Maybe it’s skipping book club in favor of a Netflix binge. Doing one delightfully unplanned activity will help you chill and maybe--just maybe--learn to let go a little more easily in the future.
SLEEP WITH A PEN AND PAPER BY YOUR BED
True story: Jotting down nagging thoughts one to two minutes before bedtime will help you get a better night’s sleep and feel less like a control freak come morning. Do it.