One of the biggest components to stress management is having excellent time management skills. I am the first to admit that I am not good at this. If left to my own devices, I will cuddle with my kid, eat frozen yogurt and watch netflix until I crash from the blood sugar drops. I will leave the laundry for another day, pretend that sweeping and dusting only exist in another world, and only work as the urge strikes. Obviously, this is not going to make me successful and its probably not going to make me happy in the long run. So I've learned to manage my time to compensate for the times my motivation is practically not existent. I'm not perfect at it. I have a lot more to learn and many ways to improve. But I have learned a lot so far and wanted to share it with you guys.
Time management allows us to ensure we can accomplish everything we need to do in order to flourish. It gives us some feeling of control in a situation where we are stressed. It provides direction for those times when we are feeling overwhelmed. So, without further ado, here's what I've found to be helpful about time management.
1. Make a "to-done" list
We all know what a to-do list is. But because we also know that the language we use is important for our subconscious mind, it doesn't always work out the way we want it to. If we have it in our head that we have a lot to do, then we are always going to have a lot to do. If you reframe it and say you have a to-done list, you are telling your subconscious mind that your tasks are manageable and will definitely be accomplished.
After making your list, prioritize everything on a scale of one to five of importance. When you're on a time crunch, this lets you make sure all the important things still get done. This will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment and assurance that you are still making progress in your day.
3. Get a little help
We are living in an age of technology and we need to learn how to maximize its uses. If you need a little help with your time management, there are tons of apps and tools you can use to help you accomplish your goals. Here are a list of fifteen of them: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/top-15-time-management-apps-and-tools.html
If you guys have suggestions and other tips, I would love to hear about them on my facebook page or in the comment section below!