By Anne L. Fritz
Follow these easy steps to create more time for the things that really matter.

We all strive to be superstars at work, stay in top shape, have fabulous relationships, maintain a beautiful home, and find the time to volunteer for causes we support. But in trying to accomplish all this — at times simultaneously — we often have even less time for ourselves, our friends, and our families and end up instead with more stress, which can eventually lead to health problems. Try the following tips to simplify your life for a happier, healthier you.

1. Learn to Say No
One of the easiest ways to de-stress and find more time for yourself and the things that really matter is to learn to say one simple word: No. It’s easier said than done, of course, but you don’t need to give a lengthy explanation for your response; a simple “I would love to, but I just don’t have the time right now” will do. Does that leave you feeling guilty? Try saying “No, but…” and offer an alternative that works better for you.

2.Create a Place for Everything
We’ve all lost countless minutes searching for our keys or that favorite pair of black pumps, inevitably when we’re already late for work and trying to rush out the door. Create a place for your keys — put a hook by the door, for example, or a small silver tray in the foyer — and put your shoes back in their proper place in the closet after you wear them. Do the same with those other things that always seem to vanish. Your life will run much more smoothly.