“Stress is the negative whirlwind of emotions that gets imposed on top of our stimulation and engagement.”
Andrew J. Bernstein
I’m commencing the New Year with a conversation during the month of January looking at Albrecht’s Four Types of Stress. Each week I’ll discuss one of the four types of stress that affect our lives in some way and how to better manage these common pressures.
Time, invariably the lack of it, is one common thread that appears to connect those who find themselves suffering from stress. Most stressed people are ‘time poor’.
Time management is easy for some of us in life and difficult for others. For me personally, it is a major stressor that I have to constantly work on each day in my life. I constantly find that I have too much day and not enough time to complete the daily schedule I have set myself. I constantly need to come up with innovative solutions.
In life, whether it’s a stay at home parent or a corporate executive, worrying about deadlines or rushing to avoid being late to collect the kids from school or making an important meeting can be a major stressor.
Ways to Manage Time Stress
- Create To-Do Lists for your daily tasks with time lines. Be realistic!
- Create an Action Program for managing several tasks at the same time
- Allow more time than you anticipate is needed. I call this my ‘Contingency Time‘ and it is a huge stress reduction tool.
- Prioritisation helps you separate tasks that you need to focus on now from those you can safely put off to another day.
- Check your energy levels, are you more productive in the morning or the afternoon? Once you identify which it is, load your day accordingly so your production is high when you are really feeling ‘switched on’.
- Your energy levels will assist you in either starting your day early and finishing early, or starting late and finishing late. You choose.
- Using the magic word NO! Declining certain tasks that can be better handled by others or handled by you at a later time, becomes very empowering. Being NICE does not serve you if it creates stress in your life.
You are now ready to start your own personal time enrichment plan to see time stress as a thing of the past.
This blog was written by John Hinwood and republished here with his kind permission. See more at: Stress to Strength.