Nowadays, I feel like 24 hours is not enough and I’m always in a rush. As I don’t want this situation to become a routine of my life, I took a break and read some essays about time and stress management. I wanted to share a summary of what I read as I pretty sure that I’m not alone feeling like running everywhere and reaching nowhere.
What is time management?
Time management is the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities. Good time management enables you to work smarter – not harder – so that you get more done in less time, even when time is tight and pressures are high.
What are the benefits of time management?
1. Greater productivity and efficiency
2. A better professional reputation
3. Less stress
4. Increased opportunities for advancement
5. Greater opportunities to achieve important life and career goals
Failing to manage your time effectively can have some very undesirable consequences:
1. Missed deadlines
2. Inefficient work flow
3. Poor work quality
4. A poor professional reputation and a stalled career
5. Higher stress levels
What is stress management?
We experience stress when we feel threatened, and when we believe that we don’t have the resources to deal with a challenging situation. Over time, this can cause long-term health problems and it can also affect the quality of our work and our productivity.
To control your stress, conduct a job analysis, so that you know your most important priorities at work. Learn good time management strategies, so that you can handle your priorities effectively. Try to let go of negative thinking habits, and become a positive thinker by using affirmations and visualization.
Also, create defenses against stressful situations that you cannot control – use your network, be sure to get enough exercise and sleep, and learn how to relax.