Managing Your Stress and Time Better

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It’s important that you know how to manage both your stress and time well in order for you to be able to have a more productive and calmer life. You can do that through different techniques that will help you handle your time and your stress much better.

Myths About Time Management and Stress

Myth One – All stress is bad. No, there is bad and good stress. The good stress deals with thrills and excitement and the goal here is to learn to recognize your own signs of the bad stress and then deal with those signs.

Myth Two – Planning your time just takes even more time. Not true, research shows this is just the opposite.

Myth Three – You can get more done in more time when you use caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, or sugar. That’s also wrong! Research has shown that the body always has to come off these things and when it does, then you are not as effective after the boost they give you.

Myth Four – The busier you are, the better you’re using your time. Actually, this could mean that you are only doing what’s urgent and not what’s important.

Myth Five – You feel alright so you must not be stressed. Actually, a lot of adults really don’t know when they are actually stressed out until their bodies physically tell them so. This is because they miss the warning signs coming from their body like headaches, twitches, backaches and so on.

Causes of Stress in the Workplace

  • Poor planning and not knowing what you want to get done.

  • Feeling like there’s just too much to do.

  • Not enjoying the job you are doing. This can be caused by a lot of different things.

  • Too many conflicting demands while working.

  • Not having the right resources to get the job done.

  • Not feeling appreciated.

Big Time Wasters

  • Having too many interruptions. There’s always going to be interruptions. It’s how you handle them that is the time waster.

  • Hopeless feeling and people just give in and just numbly go through the day.

  • Bad delegation skills.

Most Common Signs of Poor Time and Stress Management

  • Being irritable.

  • Feelings of fatigue.

  • Have a hard time concentrating.

  • Episodes of forgetfulness.

  • Not sleeping well.

  • Headaches, tics, cramps, rashes, and other physical disorders.

  • Depression and withdrawal.

Important Principles of Good Time and Stress Management

It’s important that you learn your own personal signs of being over-stressed or if you are having time management problems. Make sure to ask your friends what they see. Maybe even ask them to tell you what it is they see that you’ve overlooked when you seem to be over-stressed.

A lot of people seem to know think they know when they are stressed out or they’re having time management problems. It’s important that you verify if you really are having these problems. Take note of what you saw, heard, or felt that leads you to come to this conclusion.

Don’t fall into the trap of having the illusion that doing more is going to make you happier. Ask yourself if the quantity of time is what you want or is it quality of time?

Understand that both stress and time management issues have a lot of different causes and will often require more than just one technique to help fix them. It’s important that you learn a couple of different techniques to better manage your stress and time.

Always make sure to focus on your results and not on the busyness around you. Understand it’s the trying that really counts.

Manage Stress With Simple Techniques

There are a lot of different things a person can do to cut down on their stress. Most probably know what they can do as well. It is not really the lack of knowing what to do but whether they do what needs to be done. But if you follow some simple techniques that are specifically geared to help with what you know has to be done.

  • Make sure to talk to someone about your stress. You don’t have to fix the issue just tell someone about it.

  • Take note of any of your muscles feeling tense. Just doing that will often help you relax your muscles.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask your boss if you are doing alright on the job. This simple question can relieve a lot of stress.

  • Learn to delegate.

  • Cut down on your sweets and caffeine. When you want a snack or coffee take a walk instead.

  • Consider writing a weekly status report. Make sure to include what you have accomplished, what you plan to do the following week and include current issues or any recommendations that you should report to your boss.

  • Always make sure to do something that makes you feel good during the week.

Simple Ways to Manage Time

No matter what, it just seems there is never enough time in the day to get things done. So the goal here for time management isn’t to find more time but to find the right amount of time to spend on each thing that needs to be done.

  • Start off with making sure that you employ simple techniques for stress management first.

  • Make sure to ask yourself this question all through the day: “Is this what I really need or want to be doing at this moment” If the answer is yes, then keep on doing it.

  • Find ways to practically and realistically analyze your time. You can do this by logging your time for a week. You should do this in 15-minute intervals. This doesn’t take much time to do. Do this for an entire week and then take a look at the results.

  • Make a to-do list for each day. Always do this the day before at the end of the day. Mark the items “A” or “B”. The “A” would be the top priority, and the “B” items are less important. This way you can devote your important morning hours to the “A” items and then you can move onto the “B” items later in the day.

  • At the end of each day take at least five minutes to clean up your space. You should take this time to organize and make sure your workspace is ready for the next day.

  • Make sure to learn the difference between where you can help and where you are really needed.

  • Learn to know whether you really need to do something or if you need to do it at all.

  • Put your mail into different categories that include “read now”, read later”, and “handle now/later”. This can make things really go a lot smoother.

  • Always make sure that you read you mail the same time every day. This way you won’t be distracted by it other times of the day.

  • Make sure to have a place for all things and then make sure to put everything in their place. Being organized is key.

  • Try to schedule 10 minutes each day where you do nothing but clear your mind so you can think clearly the rest of the day.

 

Check out this video on time management https://youtu.be/GBM2k2zp-MQ

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