Do you feel as though you have a to-do list as long as your arm? One of the most common causes of stress is feeling pressured by a lack of time. The managing of time and the managing of stress go hand in hand. Managing one is necessary to effectively manage the other. Feeling as though you have too much to do and not enough time to do it in can create a significant amount of stress. Individuals who experience high levels of stress are not only likely to exhibit reduced motivation and productivity, but experience decreased mental health. Implementing effective time management strategies can significantly improve stress levels. Successful time management involves completely utilizing every minute of every day in a way that allows one to not only accomplish that which is needed, but also some or all of that which is wanted as well. The following time management techniques will help you to reduce work related stress and take control of your life.
Setting Goals: By setting daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and long-term goals you manage your time better and give yourself the structure and purpose that reduces your stress.
Use a Planner: When you set and adhere to priorities, you avoid stress and keep pace with the demands of your workload. Whether you use software or plain paper, a daily planner ensures that you are on top of all of your daily work responsibilities. Since this commits you to a written schedule, you will be less likely to resort to procrastination.
Use a Checklist: Spend a little time at the beginning of each week making a list of what you need to get done. Prioritize items of high importance at the top. Review your to do list every day and check off items as you complete them. This will give you a sense of accomplishment.
Include Time for Yourself: Your health and well-being should not be compromised. Make sure you allow time for good meals, exercise, friends/family and most importantly, sleep. Learning that it’s ok to say “no” when you already have a full plate will greatly reduce symptoms of stress.
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