Time-Management: The Key to Stress Reduction

Mismanagement of time is one of the main reasons people are stressed at work. They worry about not being able to get enough done in the time available. The burden of deadlines and requests from their employer and colleagues leave them frazzled. Getting into the habit of managing time well can dramatically reduce work-related pressure and the stress you bring home from the office.

Be the boss of time
Take charge of how you handle time instead of giving others the reins. People will inadvertently control your time if you allow them, so you need to manage how you use it confidently.

Everyone has an agenda, and those who want your assistance won’t take yours into consideration. To handle time efficiently, you need to consider how you want to use it and let others know your intentions. Thus, you might set aside a certain amount of time in which to help them if you want, but only after your plans are fulfilled.

Think about definite obligations and priorities, and put them first. Compile a list of what you want to achieve and how long you imagine doing so will take. You won’t always guess correctly, but at least you’ll have a timeframe to consider. Also, leave time in which to unwind and relax. As a result, you’ll have the energy to do what needs to be done and be in top form.

Stop wasting time
Everyone wastes time, you just need to identify where you’re not using yours shrewdly. Some people allow time to slip away by checking social networking sites online and looking at their emails. Ten minutes here and there, added together can eat hours from your week. Others gossip with colleagues or chat on the phone long after business is complete.

Alternatively, you might be a manager who wastes time having meetings that go nowhere, when you could just as easily arrange short skype calls with employees and clients, or send emails when information needs to be shared. Identify how you mishandle time and ways you might manage it better. Consequently, you’ll discover you have more time in which to complete tasks than you imagined.

Don’t procrastinate
Let’s face it, you sometimes put off doing jobs you dislike, imagining you’ll get around to them. The stress of knowing you haven’t tackled them builds, making you miserable and tense. Also, tasks mount up or expand when they aren’t dealt with in a timely fashion. You’ll feel better, and have more time, if you deal with jobs you hate as soon as they arise.

Are you slaving away, but not seeing results? No doubt, you are extremely stressed. You probably imagine, since you’re working hard, you’re using time well. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Start thinking about what you achieve rather than the length of time you toil.

Hours of hard labor without satisfactory results are worthless. Thus, if what you’re doing isn’t productive, approach tasks from a different angle and use time wisely. Excellent time management is about making the most of time, and quality rather than quantity counts.

If you’re stressed at work, the chances are you also mismanage time. Stop wasting it and procrastinating. Also, think about results rather than imagining working long hours is necessary. Take control of how you spend time; you’ll be more productive, and anxiety will fade.

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