Effective Time Management to Reduce Stress and Increase Productivity
Effective time management can reduce your stress and increase your productivity.
Do you often find that you are overwhelmed with too much to do and not enough time? Or perhaps you feel like you are simply jumping from one crisis to the next.
If so, you are not alone. Feeling pressured by a lack of time is one of the greatest causes of stress.
Effective time management can help you to beat stress and work smarter, not harder. Why not enroll in our free time management course. This is a similar course that I give to elite athletes, business professionals and students who are stressed out by a lack of time.
Alternatively, if you find that you get to the end of the day and you haven't got through half of what you wanted to get through, this time management activity will show you where you can eliminate some timewasters in your day.
One of the first steps in effective time management is to understand how you are spending your time. If you think about your household budget, by writing down how you spend your money you can then determine how you can save money or use your money more effectively.
Well the same goes with time management! By keeping an inventory of your time you can identify your current time wasters and put into place effective time management skills to be more productive.
Are you spending time doing the things that are most important to you? One of my clients had reached the top of their career, working for a big company and earning fantastic money. However he wasn’t happy.
He had missed his children growing up and had a poor relationship with his wife and friends. In effect, he had climbed the ladder of success, but once getting to the top, realized that the ladder was leaning up against the wrong building.
Goal setting can ensure that you are spending your time on the priorities that matter most to you. Goal setting goes with time management like a hand to glove.
Sometimes, goal setting just isn’t enough. You know your goals, but you are battling to keep your head above water, jumping from one crisis to another. See this practical guide to ensuring that you work your priorities and ways to eliminate the tyranny of the urgent and reduce your stress.
Reducing your stress by controlling the tyranny of the urgent and goal setting sets the platform for better time management. This involves planning your time and then working your plan.
I personally prefer to set a weekly time management plan. In this weekly plan I ensure that I give myself time for the most important tasks. Now many people say that setting a weekly plan is not for them – their lives are fluid and change a lot.
While that may be true, having a weekly plan does not mean that you can’t change it. However, it is generally better to schedule how you will spend your time than not to.
Once you have a weekly plan, I then funnel this down into a prioritized to-do list. I live and breathe my to-do list.
My to-do list allows me to focus on the highest priority tasks and the feeling I get from ticking them off is great. Sure, I may never finish the to-do list, but at least I manage to get the most important things in my day done.
Keeping focused and motivated can be tough. These motivation resources can help you excel and achieve your dreams.
Procrastination is one reason for not focusing on high priority tasks. Procrastination can result in stress and poorer health, and this it is important to beat procrastination.
These time management tips can save you an hour a day. They are simple to implement and highly effective.
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