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  • Writer's pictureMadhurima Sappatti

Stress management hack — DIY for your future self!

Prioritize Tasks and Relieve Stress for your Future Self!

Stress Management Hack - Gift to your future self
Stress Management Hack - Gift to your future self

In today's fast-paced world, stress management is key to maintaining a healthy and productive life. This blog is an invitation to explore practical DIY stress management tips to effectively handle your tasks and reduce overwhelm.

A good tip to manage stress is to do things ahead of time for yourself, like a gift to your future self.

By prioritizing your to-do list and following these strategies, you can find relief from stress and improve your overall well-being.

Let's dive deeper to see how it might help you on your stress management journey!

A lot of times we tend to brush aside small tasks, thinking they can be easily managed the next day. While this may seem like a good strategy, here are 2 ways how it can go wrong:

The pile up of small tasks

A lot of small tasks pile up, leaving you feeling overwhelmed when you do have to get to them.

Allowing small tasks to accumulate without addressing them can lead to feeling overwhelmed and anxious when the time finally comes to tackle them. Prevent this by adopting a proactive approach and dealing with tasks as they arise, enabling a sense of control over your responsibilities.

The cherry on top

Imagine suddenly getting a bunch of tasks the next day, and this one small task simply adds to the pile, leaving you feeling irritated and annoyed—with yourself!

Delaying small tasks only to be faced with an influx of additional responsibilities the next day can lead to frustration and self-criticism. Avoid this by practicing time management and handling tasks promptly, minimizing the chances of feeling overwhelmed.

Tl,dr: Procrastination can lead to a pile-up of small tasks, causing unnecessary stress. By taking proactive action and completing small tasks promptly, you prevent them from snowballing into a daunting mountain of to-dos. Embrace the satisfaction of checking off completed tasks, which in turn boosts your motivation to tackle more significant challenges.

An example, if you will -

Have to do your dishes but feel like it can be done tomorrow?

Nah, get them done now if you can so that it can be a small gift for your future self.

Procrastinating on simple household chores, such as doing the dishes, can contribute to a cluttered living space and create mental stress. Instead, consider completing such tasks immediately, and enjoy the reward of returning to a clean and organized environment later on, creating a sense of comfort and relaxation.

Pro tip - Decluttering and organizing your house can help you work in a more peaceful and organized manner. No one ever found joy when working surrounded by piles of work, an clean space, and chaos that holds them back.

Having said that, giving a gift to your future self doesn't sound too bad, does it?

Just be aware that you are not pushing yourself too hard and trying to do too much.

Remember to prioritize your tasks, and a great way of doing that is:

Write down all the tasks you have to do -

Creating a comprehensive task list allows you to visualize the workload and ensures that nothing gets overlooked. This fosters a sense of clarity and helps you stay on top of your responsibilities.

Write the expiration time for each task -

Basically how long can you potentially push each task off to.

Assigning a timeframe to each task helps you determine which ones require immediate attention and which can be addressed later. This empowers you to manage your time effectively and alleviate the stress of last-minute rushes.

Write down how important each task is in the grand scheme of things

Ranking tasks based on their importance enables you to prioritize effectively. Focus on high-priority items first, which not only ensures critical tasks are completed but also reduces anxiety related to missed deadlines.

Bring it together

You now have a list of tasks prioritized in a way that will help you figure out by when you need to finish the tasks!


By incorporating these DIY stress management tips into your daily routine, you can stay on top of your tasks and alleviate stress. Prioritizing effectively, taking timely action, and managing your responsibilities can lead to a well-organized schedule and a more fulfilling life. Feel free to leave a comment if you need support or have any questions about the concepts mentioned here!

Keep an eye out for more DIY stress management tips!

And hey, you got this!!

If you need more support, feel free to book a 1:1 session with me so that we can collaborate to work on creating effective stress management strategies that work for you!

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