If I had a dollar for every person I heard mention how difficult it is to manage their time and their stress, I would be a very rich woman. I think the reason most people struggle with those areas of their lives is because they don’t truly understand what “managing” each area really means. So let me address both below:
Stress management is not about eliminating stress because stress is not a bad thing. In fact some stress is actually good for you because it becomes the catalyst for necessary changes in your life. The truth is a life completely free of stress (that means NEVER in your lifetime) would be very boring.
Instead managing your stress relates to how you deal with the inevitable uncomfortable or difficult situations that occur in your personal and professional life. Sometimes dealing with your stress is simply a shift in your thoughts, actions, beliefs, or attitude about that situation. And sometimes it requires a bit more drastic changes in your lifestyle. Either way, enhancing your coping skills will allow you to function more effectively and manage your stress more easily. The coping skills I am referring to include problem solving, communication, closeness, and flexibility.
Time Management is not about controlling every minute of your day (because that is impossible). Rather it is about enhancing your ability to make good decisions based on the time you can control in addition to developing a healthy mindset – both of which allow you to be productive more consistently.
There are 12 time management skills. Here are just a few: attitude, goals, priorities, planning, scheduling, interruptions, and procrastination. Taking the time to understand how you approach all 12 areas will allow you to gain more control of how you spend your time and thereby allow you to achieve more of your goals on a regular basis.
When you become more efficient at managing your time and your stress, you will experience less obstacles which typically leads to more success over a lifetime.
So if you are currently struggling with time or stress management, and are ready to invest in a short program to enhance your skills in each, I have two coaching programs available that may help. One is called the “Time Mastery” program and the other is called the “Coping with Stress” program. Each program includes a short assessment, a one-hour MP3 training, and a one-hour Strategy Meeting to develop a plan to improve the time or stress management area you feel would make a significant difference in your life and work.
To learn more about these programs email Kris at Info @ BeginToShift.com.
I hope you enjoyed this post. As always your comments are appreciated. Feel free to submit them below.
Have a wonderful day, and don’t forget to keep your eyes open for all the amazing possibilities within and around you!
8 thoughts on “Stress & Time Management – It’s not what you think!”
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Great stuff, I would agree with all of it and to me, the foucs lies in interruptions and planning.
In this day and age, one can get bombarded by nothing more than opening the inbox of their email!
Managing interruptions there can make or break your whole day!
Second, as long as I have about 10 minutes to myself each nite to plan the following day at work, I know it will be a good one. Without this, I usually have a few unnecessary bumps in the road.
Great post, as always…
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