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How To Avoid The Stress Of Being A Poor Time Manager
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How to Avoid the Stress Of Being A Poor Time Manager

Have you ever thought how easy it is to be a poor manager of time? Perhaps you’re one of those people who always sets off late whether it’s meeting friends, going out to dinner or going on holiday? No? Well perhaps you always leaves things right up until the deadline such as completing an assignment for a course, submitting a report for work, designing an important presentation, filing your tax return. Does that sound familiar? No?

Well do you ever have to cancel something because you have too much packed into your diary or do you find it almost impossible to say no to someone who needs your help? Do you find yourself always multi-tasking or finding that you cut our meal times or sleep to get things done?

The fact is that even if none of these examples resonate with you there are many more examples of people being poor managers of time. They cause themselves a large amount of unnecessary stress because they haven’t adopted any strategies or implemented any actions to manage their time more effectively. Perhaps you have examples of your own.

The stress caused by being a poor manager of time can be anything from feeling irritable, snapping at people, having problems with eating and sleeping, experiencing an increase in headaches or if it goes on for some time feeling very anxious and depressed.

So what can you do to avoid the stress of being a poor manager of time?

Take responsibility for your time management

Don’t be one of those people who makes excuses and say you can’t help being a poor time manager. You can. How you manage your own time is your responsibility so don’t waste time thinking that there’s nothing that you can do. There is and by accepting that you can affect the time issues you have will be the first step in making them less stressful.

Identify the real time management issue

If you’re going to tackle your time management issues it’s important you identify what the real issue is. This may sound obvious but people often pass the blame for their poor time management onto other people or the situations surrounding them which means they’re unable to tackle the real issue.

I have a friend who has five children under the age of 14 and it always takes her a couple of hours to get the children out of the house. I know her mother get frustrated when they turn up late for lunch. Her excuse? No one apparently understands what it takes to get 5 children out of the house and the kids never respond to what she says. So there we have it – it’s other people’s fault for not understanding and it’s the kids for not listening. No the real issue is her poor time management and until she recognises that nothing will change.

Commit to change

You’d think that when people suffer from stress because of their poor time management they would do something about it, but that’s not necessarily the case. Implementing a change to what might be quite ingrained habits can be a challenge and so people either don’t try to change at all or they quickly give up. Well commit to change and accept that at times it might be tough to improve things but make sure that you persevere.

Set your priorities

If you’re a really poor time manager it’s unrealistic to think that you can completely change overnight. Make a list of your time management issues and prioritise them in order of how much stress they cause you. Tackle the one which will have the most positive effect on your stress levels and well being.

Take some action

There are lots of different strategies that you can adopt to improve your time management and you will have to do something that works for you. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated even making small changes can make an impact. My friend with her five kids could easily get out of the door if she gave the kids time warnings and made them responsible for gathering the items they need when they go out. Small actions can have a huge impact.

Summary

It you struggle with time management issues it’s important that you accept there are things that you can do about it. I hesitate to say you can banish it altogether, because ingrained habits can be difficult to overcome. However you have the choice to adopt some new strategies which will help you to manage your time more effectively and lessen the feelings of stress that your poor time management has caused you.

No excuses. Start the change today.


Street Talk

Jane Eyre  

I find the real reason I don't get things done is because I just don't want to! So I need to go even deeper and find out what is really good for me and if it is, why I don't want to do it.

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  about 8 years ago
  

Hi Jane. You've identified a common trap - 'you don't really want to do it'. So often we feel forced to do certain things, but that just leads to us procrastinating and then feeling stressed as we leave ourselves with tighter and tigher deadlines. I can guarantee if you really want something - you'll make the choice to manage your time and do it. If you don't that's a choice your making and perhaps you don't want it and never will.

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  about 8 years ago
Jane Eyre  

Totally! and watch what people do, not what they say they will do or claim to want.

  
  about 8 years ago

I already found some of my issues, and I am working on them. Another reason I have for running late (another excuse) is I tend to find things to do at the last minute. Being better organized makes life go more smoothly.

Reply
  about 8 years ago
  

Hi Sarah - Making even the smallest of changes can have a big impact. and the key is adopting new strategies that work for you and measuring the success of them. Good luck

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  about 8 years ago
Kyle  

Love your point on making excuses. Ineffective leaders and people that are inefficient tend to put the blame on somebody else or something else rather than looking at the real problem, themselves. Great article!

Reply
  about 8 years ago
  

Thanks for your comments Kyle. I think there's an increasing problem in all areas of society of people acting as if they have no responsibility to what happens to them.

Reply
  about 8 years ago
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