The way you use your time is the way you live your life.
Posted on February 12, 2013, under Time Management Skills.
Efficient time management is key if you are to tackle a big work project without getting overwhelmed. Effective time management can cut down stress by giving you better control of your time and by increasing your productivity. This will allow you to have more time to unwind after a hard day’s work.
The way you manage your time can either relieve or bring on stress. Surprisingly, stress can be negative or positive, depending on its prevalence and severity. Positive or productive stress (eustress) is a manageable amount of stress that helps you stay focused and avoids the damaging effects of bad stress.
On the other hand, high levels of negative stress can, in extreme situations, paralyze you and prevent you from accomplishing your tasks. Stress triggers the body to produce cortisol and adrenaline, the hormone that is required for the instinctive “fight or flight” response. Adrenaline in the right amount is good for boosting productivity, but prolonged exposure to negative stress can bring about harmful complications, which include anxiety, panic attacks, hypertension, and heart disease. In addition, continued stress can slow down metabolism, speed up heart rate, and raise the body’s insulin level.
To improve your time management, you need to determine your priorities and set your work goals. These will guide your time choices.
Here are 3 tips to improve your time management (and reduce your stress):
Effective time management means doing better quality work, not necessarily more work. When you focus on the results, you’re less likely to get tripped up by the details. Devoting more time to a particular task can’t guarantee that you’ll accomplish more. Weigh the gains and know when to stop. Maybe putting in an extra hour of work isn’t the best way to manage your time. If it makes you feel resentful about doing more work, then it will just raise your stress levels and won’t lead to the results you want.
Take regular breaks from your tasks
Regular breaks give you an opportunity to refresh yourself AND to think of something other than work. Take a walk outside or perform some light exercise. This change of pace will get you re-energized, more awake, more focused and more productive.
Finish the important tasks first
Don’t waste your time on non-important or non-urgent tasks. Put them on the bottom of your list. Focus on the urgent and imperative tasks and don’t let yourself get distracted from them. The key here is to become an expert in getting the urgent tasks out of the way initially. When these tasks pile up, then you’re in for a lot of really bad stress.
So, don’t equate proper time management with doing more work. In fact, whether you’re using it in the workplace or including it in your lifestyle, effective time management will help you feel less stressed, more focused, and in complete control.
About the Author
Ryan Rivera: Publisher and Founder of CalmClinic.com
I’ve grown quite familiar with stress and anxiety. For 7 years, I’ve lived with and suffered from the whole package – social anxiety, panic attacks, agoraphobia, headaches, severe anxiety, neck pains, chronic tension, rapid heartbeat, and diarrhea. With the help of anxiety elimination techniques, I was able to conquer my emotional problems and now live a happier, fuller life.
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