When you learn and maintain good time management skills, you will be free from the pressure of deadlines and stress in general. You’ll be more productive, procrastinate less, and have more time to relax, which will further reduce stress and anxiety.
Time management skills are like shoes or a good pair of jeans – you may have to try on several pairs before you find the right size. They are different for each person and you have to find what works best for you. Below are a few that work for me that you might want to borrow.
- Make a list.The thing about to do lists is that you actually have to use them. You may want to set reminders on your phone and computer. Lists really work if you use them. One of the most important things is to make sure your list looks doable. Nobody wants a list of 30 things to do and ultimately has to look at the 20 things that haven’t been done. Prioritize your needs and those of others and plan accordingly. You might even want to make three lists: personal, personal, and professional.
- Set deadlines. Again, there’s no point in setting deadlines if you’re making executive decisions to always push them back. Set a deadline and do your best to stick to it. Set your deadline a few days before the task absolutely needs to be done. This allows for the possibility of other things getting in the way, but also allows you to continue to complete the task.
- Stop multitasking. Multitaskers often seem to think they’re more accomplished, but that’s not always the most productive or efficient path. Let’s face it, our mind works best when we’re really able to focus and concentrate on one thing.
- Delegate responsibilities. For those of us who like to be in control, the very thought of this is likely to cause a bit of anxiety. The truth is, no matter how good we are, we can’t do it all. Sometimes we take on more than we can handle. Delegation is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of intelligence. Find competent and reliable people and share some of the responsibilities. This will allow you to be less stressed and more productive.
- Use your downtime. This trick requires a certain balance. Using all your downtime to plan and prioritize is bad and can lead to increased stress and burnout. However, if you find yourself sitting in traffic early in the morning, it may be a good time to start prioritizing your day or planning your dinner. If you’re waiting in the doctor’s office, now might be a good time to write down the grocery list. (Remember this.) If you have occasions like these, make the most of them, but remember to use them to relax when needed.
- Reward yourself.When you accomplish something, celebrate it! How you celebrate is up to you. My advice is to keep what you choose to do healthy, make sure it’s something you really enjoy, don’t overdo it and don’t let it set you back any further. Time management skills are essential. to make your day a little easier. Find what works for you and stick with it.