In the past, have you attended a time management course and they have given you a Filofax and told you to make ‘To Do Lists’, block out every day of the week and keep lists? To me, this clutters my mind, causing more stress. It may work for some people, but unfortunately, it doesn’t work for everyone. And I know from experience when I was sent on a Time Management course back in the 1990s and told to do just this, it caused me more stress and overwhelm. I did not cope.
Use it wisely
The most powerful advice I have ever been given on Time Management is to use my time wisely. Think about when you have the most energy and are the most productive. For me, I am the most productive early in the morning. If I have a list of tasks to achieve, I will plough through them. What I have realised is that I need the time early in the morning, otherwise I feel disorganised during the day. Using this time wisely, clears my head, helping me to be more positive throughout the day.
High and low energy points
We all have points of high and low energy during the day – possibly a slower point late morning or early afternoon if you’ve been up early. When I have a slump at about 11 am, I schedule in phone and face-to-face meetings to help me focus. If I didn’t, I would be wasting time on menial tasks, and get frustrated as I would feel I was wasting time.
Focus, I find to be the most powerful word when I am completing tasks. If I focus on what I am doing, giving myself a deadline, I achieve so much more. I make a list and work out what I am going to complete and when and focus to achieve it. This makes me feel in control.
Use your time wisely, and work out when you are the most productive and focused. This also helps with mental health. You will be able to leave the office on time, therefore having more time with your family, friends, and time on your own. You will feel organised and in control.
Thinking about all of what has been said, time management is essential if you are to handle a heavy workload without excessive stress. It makes sense then that time management helps you to reduce long-term stress by giving you direction when you have too much work to do.
It puts you in control of where you are going and helps you to increase your productivity, helping you work efficiently throughout the day. By being efficient in your use of time, you should enjoy your current work more and should find that you are able to maximise the time outside work to relax and enjoy life.
Poor time management can cause stress. I’m sure we have all had the feeling that there is too much to do and not enough time. We also tend to stop the most important activities for our well-being when we have too much to do.
3 Ways Positive Mental Health Can Help with Time Management:
1) We will have the right frame of mind to plan better.
2) Our clear mind will help us prioritise more efficiently.
3) We will be able to choose the right tasks to delegate to the right people, giving them clear instructions.
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