Saturday, March 12, 2011

Manage Your Time and You Manage Your Stress

Efficient time management is actually one of the decisive factors in successful managing stress. Some people tend to forget this and keep looking other ways to get rid their stress. If you manage your time inefficiently, you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of activities you have to do. Managing your time is really simple. Basically you need to prioritize your works according to their importance, and, don't forget, always find moment to take a break to refresh between works. You may also keep your own organizational method you like most, be it notes or detailed descriptions in an agenda.

When you are working toward goals with agenda in your hand, things will run smoothly since your plan is in place. For sure, mistakes in managing time are usual, but the key to success is learning from your fault. It is important that you make a plan and carrying out the task as soon as possible. This is putting your plans into action. Action is the process of making something work, and everybody in the world will agree that seeing something done is really a relaxing experience. It means, doing our plan will at the same time reduce our stress too. However, do not get caught up in obsessive self-punishment when you made a mistake with the plan, which can only bring you down and mess up your time management scheme.

However, you may feel that there are more tasks on your time than the time available. The best way to overcome this is to find what works best for you. Everybody has 24 hours in a day and the difference between the drunkard in a bar and Warren Buffet is how those 24 hours are used. The way you manage your time can influence the type of day that you will have. Basically, time management is nothing to do with a lack of time, but is everything to do with a lack of discipline to do what needs doing. So that, to manage your time you need to reduce the time spent for watching TV and spend it working on prioritized agenda. You have a lot more control than you might think.

Factually, the simple awareness that you’re in control of your life is the basic of stress management. There is no single strategy works for everyone or in every situation, so experiment with different techniques. Focus on what makes you stay calm and in control.

Ask yourself on how you can perform daily tasks more efficiently. Protect yourself from distractions. Distractions will make you less productive and, ironically, more worry about how you are spending your work time. Make phone calls and check your emails at set times. By implementing these you can free up more time. With more free time you can then either be less stressed or focus your energy on minimizing other causes of stress.

So take the time out each day to think positive and do positive, since motivation and action are both essential for time management and reducing stress.

1 comment:

Phoebe T. said...

Factually, when my time management is messed up, i find my stress level is skyrocketing too, phew... However, thanks for the post, it really encouraged and assured me to pre-empt all the mind-boggling stresses by spending my time wisely. Many thanks.