How Time Management Can Work For You
We all have 24 hours in the day, but some of us feel we have no time while others seem to get everything done and still have time for fun and relaxation.
Poor time management can reduce productivity and contribute to many stress-related problems. If we underestimate the time it will take to complete tasks, we add unnecessary hassle to our day, throwing out our schedule for hours and even affecting the following day. The solution is to allocate sufficient time, plus a bit extra.
However, this is difficult for many of us. Those who are under pressure from tight deadlines, perfectionists, and procrastinators all have particular problems giving themselves enough time.
If you are in the habit of pushing yourself too hard because of unrealistic expectations and standards, time management skills can help avoid these hassles and work as a valuable stress management tool. The effort involved will be worth it for the sense of accomplishment. It will also help the quality of your sleep and relaxation, as important chores either will be done or will be allocated a dedicated time slot.
How Well Are You Managing Your Time?
To measure your current time management, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I have enough time to do the things I enjoy?
- Am I constantly rushing and often late?
- Do I often cancel enjoyable activities because I’m too busy?
- Do I feel there are not enough hours in the day?
- Do I get frustrated and impatient?
Your answers may highlight a need to look at how you allocate your time and whether it is working for you. A lack of balance can lead to burnout.
Are you content with the amount of time you spend in each of these areas?