Learn to Manage Your Time in Order to Manage Your Stress

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 Unfortunately, constantly having a lot of things to do simultaneously is a part of modern life. A lot of people constantly feel stressed, and try to find ways to deal with their stress. But that is actually starting at the wrong end of the problem. What you should do instead, is to learn how to manage your time through clever strategies for time management, since this will also make it easier for you to manage your stress, and you might never even be so stressed that you need to use any stress management techniques!

If you want to learn how to manage your time, the first thing you need to start doing, right away, is to make lists of the things you need to do. Write down everything, even if it is domestic tasks or things you want to do for fun, or things you feel like you should do, but don’t have the time for, and so on.

The second thing you want to do is to prioritize all the task. Which task is the most important? Which tasks can wait, if necessary? Make a new list of all the things you need/want to do, but this time in order of priority.

You may want to consider making these lists divided by week, month and year, so that you have both short term and long term goals and tasks written down somewhere.
Once you have the lists ready, it will be easy to check back on the list and see what needs to be done, at all times. This means you don’t have to think about what to do next, and make decisions that will make you feel bad or even more stressed, you can simply stick to the list!

Another good way to manage your time is to learn to multitask. This is of course not possible for everyone, at all times, but those who can multitask, should definitely try to do it. If multitasking is not possible for you, however, make it a rule that you always finish one task before you start with the next one. This makes it easier to concentrate, which will make you more productive, and the task will also be done faster.

Last but not least, you also need to learn how to say no. This is really hard for a lot of people to do, since we see it as something negative, but once you know how to do it, it really saves you a lot of time, and makes you more effective. Not having all sorts of unimportant commitments to worry about also makes you less stressed, so see this exercise as an important step towards learning to manage your stress, and just do it the next time someone asks you to do something that is not completely necessary! 


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