Time management and stress go hand in hand. Time management methods help people work more efficiently and help maximise the use of time that we have available to us. One of the reasons we find ourselves stressed is that we feel too busy to have enough time to do the things we actually love and enjoy.
So how can we manage our time a little bit better each day to help create more balance and time to do the things we love?
1. Get organised and set a clear plan for the day or week ahead. Write down what you need to achieve when it comes to your work, home, family and health and well-being. Tick off each thing on your weekly list as you go.
2. Minimise your destruction. Try not to get caught up in what many of us are calling a scroll hole on both Instagram and Facebook. How much time are you spending online? Can you limit some of this time and use this time to do something beneficial for you? Instagram and Facebook are always there and available to us. Limit your screen time and prevent this source of distraction in your daily life. One idea is putting your phone on airplane mode or turning off your social media notifications. IT WORKS WONDERS!!
3. Try not to procrastinate. Procrastination during the day will leave you very stressed at the end of the day. Try to make a list, work though it, take regular breaks and complete as much as you can of it during your day. You may want to try the ‘Pomodoro Technique’. This is a time management tool that encourages people to break down their workday into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks. These intervals are referred to as pomodoros. After four pomodoros a longer break is taken of about 15 minutes.
4. Learn to say NO. Overcommitting can have a negative impact on your overall well-being. Understand your limits and know what you are capable of each day. My little tip is don’t do more than 3 things each day on top of your work. Those 3 extra things on top of your work day is more than enough.