Why Time Management is Key to Reducing Stress

One of the most stressful things in lofe these days is not having enough time to do everything.  After all there are only 24 hours in a day, so why is it that some people manage to fit everything whilst their stressed out colleagues can’t?  The answer is because the people who can manage everything have learnt the important lesson of time management.

It’ws strange to say, but some people act as if time management does not apply in their life.  That somehow because it has the word “management” in it, it’s reserved solely for the office or business environment.  But nothing could be further from the truth.  After all, you have to be on top of all the chores, schedules and provisioning in your household, right?  Well if that’s not management, I don’t know waht is!

Time management skills are critical life skills which everyone should learn, and yet they are rarely taught in school.  However, knowing how to organize your time gives you control over your life, stops you feeling swamped and gives you the breathing space to focus on one thing at a time.

And that is the key to good time management.  Focus.

I read something the other day about a very successful internet marketer who found that he had one day a week which was curiously empty.  He had a widely successful offline business and an active social and family life but found he could fit everything into the other six days of the week.  So he took up internet marketing and within just a few months of working online for just one day a week, had achieved more success than most people do in a lifetime online.

His secret?

Focus.

He decided what one thing he had to get done that day and worked on it solidly until he’d achieved it.  That’s it.  Imagine what you could achieve if you focused on one thing only til it was done!

If you want a good time management course, I can recommend one by Martin Avis.  Here’s the link if you want to check it out (it’s an affiliiate link but if you’re  uncomfortable with that, please check it out and use a non affiliate link):

http://tinyurl.com/6yja65o

It’s laid out as a  14 day program which is easy to follow.  I have met Martin and can vouch for the calibre of this product.

Whether Martin’s program is for you or not, you need to improve  your time management skills if you want to lower your stress levels.  Make sure you find the time to do it!

Avoid Stress When Building An Online Buisiness

Building an online business can be fraught with many pitfalls which can put you under a great deal of stress. You have to learn something, apply it, realize you didn’t get it quite right, learn some more, refine what you’re doing and so on.

You get frustrated, confused and can feel overwhelmed. And if the going gets tough and you are not a technical person, then there can be a strong temptation to stray onto the next shiny object.

Stickability, or the ability to stick at one thing until it finishes one way or another can be a serious problem and cause you serious stress when building an online presence.

And perfectionism is another. But the most serious cause of online stress is all done to time management. This is as true if you are working from home to build a business after a full time day job, or trying to juggle home and family life with an extra income.

Interruptions are killers. It doesn’t matter whether these are external (phone call) or self made (comfort break, getting a coffee, checking email, reading a blog), they have the same effect on your work.

Time management professionals have shown that every time your work gets interrupted for whatever reason, it takes about 6 minutes to get back into what you were doing before when you settle back to it. So if you have a cup of coffee every hour, you waste the time it takes to make and drink the coffee and a further 6 mins after you sit back down again. This soon adds up. However, there are things you can do to help yourself.

Try ‘chunking’ your time.

What this means is you decide what to work on (write chapter 3 of your ebook) and a specific length of time to work on it, say, 90 minutes. And then you do it, and ONLY THAT for the whole of the 90 minutes. Do
not have a break for any reason until the 90 mins is up.

I ‘chunk’ my time, whenever I remember 🙂 to improve my productivity and it doeswork. However, as a former queen of the ‘essay crisis’, my preferred way of working is actually to stay put until the job is done. Sadly, my lifestyle and family commitments now mean that is just not possible anymore.

So chunking is my new best friend!

Make it yours too and you’ll find building an online business much less stressful! OK I’m going to write an article before I pick the kids up.

How do you organize your day?