Time and stress management
In today’s increasingly busy workplace, many managers find themselves working longer hours in an attempt to meet the demands and pressures of their position. This has left many managers feeling stressed and overwhelmed.
Do you ever feel stressed and frustrated because of:
- Missed deadlines and commitments?
- Forgotten details and lost paperwork?
- Projects not running as planned?
- Not having enough time for family and friends?
- Having too much to do in too little time?
If you answered yes to even one these questions, you are not alone. A major cause of stress among managers is the feeling that there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything they need or want to do.
Some managers say they choose to work in their free time because it is the only way they can:
- Have time to focus on important projects.
- Work without interruptions and distractions.
- Ensure that important tasks and projects get done.
- Reduce stress and anxiety during other periods of the week.
However, the secret to accomplishing more with less stress isn’t in working more hours – it’s in working smarter. A key difference between effective and ineffective managers is how they use the hours they have.
Time management has long been recognized as one of the keys to ensuring higher productivity and reducing stress by using your time most effectively. Time management is the personal management of tasks, behaviors, and activities.
To ensure effective management of time you must:
- Work toward professional and personal goals each day.
- Focus on the important rather than the urgent.
- Use your most productive time wisely.
- Allocate sufficient time for the completion of tasks and projects.
- Take time to plan and prioritize when scheduling your day.
- Eliminate behaviors that waste time.