Dealing with stressful situations on a daily basis is not good for your overall health. We need to find ways to reduce stress by balancing our work and home life. Good time management skills will reduce stress by putting you more in control of your workload and the pressures of maintaining a family and a life at home. Good time management also ensures that you are more productive, have more time to relax, and have a better quality of life.
To gain control of your time and increase your productivity, you need to create a list of all the things you need to do and set goals or deadlines. These goals need to be SMART goals. SMART goals are:
Once you have set out your SMART goals, you need to create a “To-Do” list and prioritize your goals in order to complete the most important tasks first. Difficult tasks should also be at the top of your list; break them down into smaller chunk-size tasks to make it easier to accomplish them and clear them off your list … thus reducing a lot of stress and anxiety.
Starting today, take 15 minutes to jot down a list of things you must get done this week. Prioritize that list from most to least important tasks. Strike things off your list as you accomplish them, literally. When you take a pen and physically strike through a completed task or check it off, you immediately feel a sense of accomplishment and relief.
Take 15 minutes every night to review your daily and weekly list. Use this time to create a “To-Do” list for the next day. After you create your list of things you need to do, you can break each item down into a list of tasks you need to accomplish in order to reach your goal. Revise your list as you see fit in order to keep in step with the challenges that life tends to through our way. Strike those completed tasks off your list and carry over to the next day the items you were not able to get done.
At the end of the week, review your goals and accomplishments. Assess the level of stress in your life and make the necessary adjustments to get more control of your time and reduce your stress level even further.
You can minimize your stress when you maximize your time through the use of this time management technique. And, at the end of the day or at the end of the week, reward yourself with some “ME” time!