Stress can be caused or increased by lack of time management. We have so many things to do and not enough time.
Most of us spend so much time doing things we hate and too little time doing what we actually enjoy or sometimes we don´t have time to do what we enjoy. We have a lot of things to do that we don´t like and we don´t have enough time to do them, we need to get that project done for the end of the week, but we also need to answer at least this 6 emails that are urgent and we also need to go to this 2 meetings, we need to finish homework and get to our music class or the gym in one hour. And we also know that there´s more work and things coming so this is never going to end.
If we do not manage our time and schedule our day then stress will increase and as we see then end of the day or the deadline getting closer stress will go higher and higher. We all have the same amount of time, we all have the same 24 hours, how we use those 24 hours is what makes all the difference. Making use of those 24 hours wisely is what leads to success and an enjoyable life with less stress.
Lack of time management gets you out of control, even when there are things and situation we can´t control there are some situations or activities that are within our control, but by not having a schedule, organization or plan everything gets out of control because you don´t know what to do, where to start, you´re not efficient and productive and at the end of the day your progress is minimal or non at all.
When we´re not managing our time and we feel like there´s too much to do we can start getting irritable, we are unable to concentrate, we don´t know where to start, we have mental blocks, we procrastinate, we feel tired, we get poor quality sleep and all this create a negative cycle that keeps our levels of stress high, we can´t get enough high quality sleep and this leads to cravings, unhealthy food choices, lack of physical activity, etc.
We´ve all been in a situation where it´s too much to do and not enough time, we starts getting anxious and stress increases, if we manage our time effectively by creating habits, routines and schedule activities then we are in control of our time and most activities, the way to make this schedule as best as possible is to be really clear on our priorities. What is more important to us, what we value more, we can also make a list of all the activities and work, everything we need to get done in a day and assign a number according to the level of importance and mark the activities that are going to give us the best results or more progress, this activities may be the ones that take a little more time or are more difficult more are the once that can move us forward and take us to our goal faster.
When you schedule your activities make sure to give enough time for each activity, you may need 45 to 60 minutes to complete one activity, during that period of time make sure that you don´t have any distractions so you can concentrate on the task at hand and complete it as best as possible, when you´re done with it you can take a couple of minutes of rest.
Once you have the list of activities you need to realize that you don´t need to do all by yourself, there are some activities you delegate, if you are used to saying yes to everyone then it´s time that you start saying no, most of us have a lot of things to do because we keep saying yes even when we know we can´t handle the workload.
Keep your space clean and organized, it´s easier to work and find everything you need when your space is completely clean and organized, when you know where´s everything you need is easier to concentrate and you are more productive.
Make sure you do the hardest activities when you are more productive, some of us are able to concentrate and are more energized and productive in the morning, while others at midday and there are some people that find late afternoon the best time to do those difficult tasks, find what works best for you.
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