Staying organized: 5 stress-reducing tips Published May 15, 2017 By Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. -- Military life can be challenging. From moving every couple of years to adjusting to a new environment, staying organized may seem impossible. Without proper planning, keeping track of daily tasks may become difficult and could result in missing objectives. "Organization is important because it allows you to plan and exercise control over what you're going to accomplish," said Sharon Thompson, Airman & Family Readiness Center chief. "It gives you more power over your time." Staying on top of a schedule doesn't have to be daunting. With these five tips it's possible to make organization a way of life: 1. Use a to-do list to take control of your projects and tasks. 2. Free up time by focusing on important goals and say no to optional low-priority requests. 3. Make a list of things that steal your time and sabotage your goals and work on eliminating them. 4. Spend time at the beginning of the week planning your schedule to increase your productivity and balance long-term projects with urgent tasks. 5. Use time management to track, organize and prioritize your work and develop plans. "Being proactive by organizing your workspace and writing down what needs to be accomplished can go a long way," said Kori Ramirez, A&FRC community readiness consultant. "It doesn't have to be a lot of time, just five minutes." If getting started seems difficult, the A&FRC has classes available to get a jumpstart, such as Time Management and Goal Setting. "Try out different organization methods," Ramirez said. "Some people like using programs on their phones, others like writing things down; do what works for you and what you're going to be consistent with." For more information about organizational classes, contact the A&FRC at (501) 987-2667.