Do you have too many things to do and too little time to do them?
How many times have you said…
“If only there were more hours in the day, I could …”
Not having enough time to do the things you want (time for your family) or for the things you have to do (your to-do list at work) is one of the most common contributing factors to persistent or chronic stress. Many people spend the little free time they DO have worrying about the things still left undone.
Once you learn what causes your stress and learn ways to reduce it and deal with it, you can begin to embrace living a more peaceful life. One person might deal with it more effectively than another.
Knowing your limits and how you cope is important so you can avoid serious health effects.
The percentages below show…
That people feel stress in a wide variety of ways
|Fatigue||51%||Change in Sex Drive||15%|
|Upset Stomach||34%||Irritability or Anger||50%|
|Muscle Tension||30%||Feeling Nervous||45%|
|Change in Appetite||23%||Lack of Energy||45%|
|Teeth Grinding||17%||Feeling like Crying||35%|
How many of the stress symptoms listed above do you have?
One? More than one?
All of them?
Stress is a normal part of life. And it does serve a purpose in the right form.
It can motivate you to go for that promotion or complete a marathon run. On the other hand, if you don’t take care of your it and it lingers on long term, it can interfere with your family life, your health, and your job. It can come from internal factors such as worrying excessively about something or having a negative outlook on life.
Causes of Stress
To effectively overcome the adverse effects of stress, you need to learn proven techniques that have improved the lives of others.
Time management is one way that can help you better control life and, subsequently, reduce your stress. Now that you know your stressors, apply the following basic time management methods to each of them and start enjoying your life again.
1. Know Your Priorities
Many people don’t know when to say no, or are unable to, and find themselves being over scheduled as they keep on adding tasks to their to-do list. In order to finish everything, they may have to work on weekends and/or after hours. What happens next? They become more and more resentful.
They know that some of the things they do are no longer a reflection of their priorities and values, while they also struggle to cope with those things that really matter to them.
When you start listing your priorities, don’t only list your work-related tasks. Make sure to include those activities that you need to do with your family and friends. Aim to achieve a work-life balance that reflects what you want.
2. Get Enough Rest and Sleep
One of the most common problems of people who lack time management skills is sleep deprivation. Excessive workloads and over-commitments have led the importance of sleep to be devalued and unappreciated. Adequate quality sleep every night is essential for even average focus and concentration, to maintain efficiency and productivity.
3. Map Your Activities
Many people fall into a time management trap because they do not have a clear list of things that they do on a daily basis. They often find themselves wondering where their time goes. When you don’t take the time to sit down and map out your daily activities you will have a greater tendency to overestimate or underestimate the time you need to set aside for each task or activity. Consequently, you become over committed, with very little or no time to spend with your loved ones and end up feeling inadequate and resentful.
4. Be Smart at Work
Being busy doesn’t automatically equate to being productive. Spending too much time on something doesn’t guarantee that you will be able to achieve more. Whatever it is that you are working on you should always balance quality and quantity. Focus on the results, not only on being busy.
Look for ways to perform tasks more efficiently and never assume that the way it has always been done is the best way. Even small improvements add up and over a day can be the difference between being stressed or not.