Effective time management is a primary means to a less stressful life. These practices can help you reduce your stress and reclaim your personal life.
· Plan each day. Planning your day can help you accomplish more and feel more in control of your life.
· Prioritize your tasks. Prioritizing tasks will ensure that you spend your time and energy on those that are truly important to you.
· Say no to nonessential tasks. Consider your goals and schedule before agreeing to take on additional work.
· Delegate. Take a look at your to-do list and consider what you can pass on to someone else.
· Take the time you need to do a quality job. Doing work right the first time may take more time upfront.
· Break large, time-consuming tasks into smaller tasks. Work on them a few minutes at a time until you get them all done.
· Practice the 10-minute rule. Work on a dreaded task for 10 minutes each day. Once you get started, you may find you can finish it.
· Evaluate how you're spending your time. Keep a diary of everything you do for three days to determine how you're spending your time.
· Limit distractions. Block out time on your calendar for big projects. During that time, close your door and turn off your phone, pager and email.
· Get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. A healthy lifestyle can improve your focus and concentration.
· Take a time management course. If your employer offers continuing education, take a time management class.
· Take a break when needed. Too much stress can derail your attempts at getting organized.
Info courtesy of The Mayo Clinic