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!

What Is The Only Guaranteed Way To Beat Stress?

Many people assume that stress is a fact of life – that children do not experience it and that occasional overbearing stress is just a way of adult life.  But is are these truths or myths?

I say, myths.

There are people who live relatively stress free lives.  These people can have the same harrowing jobs, the same hassles with the traffic on the school run and really tough family issues.  They can have been laid off or be facing serious money worries and yet they do not get as stressed as we do.

Everyone knows that there are ways to reduce stress which involve taking it easy at precisely the time when you do not have time to take things easy.  And knowing that you do not have time to address your stress levels only makes things worse.  Certainly, taking a break, walking more, using stress balls, having a massage, doing some deep breathing and so on are all very effective stress relievers, but they are all aimed at the here and now element of your stress rather than the root cause.  Which means that whatever is causing your stress will still be there when you have finished your massage.

So how can you treat the cause of your stress rather than just the symptoms? 

Again this is very hard to do, depending on what your particular stressor is.  After all, if you are under pressure because you are going through a difficult divorce, looking after infirm relatives or have a difficult boss, these circumstances are unlikely to improve without considerable input from other people over the long term. 

Which means that your stress will likely still be there next year, and the year after… So does this mean that there is no hope for beating stress?

No.

There is one thing, and only one thing, which is guaranteed to bring permanent relief from long term stress.  You have to change your perspective and decide not to get stressed about it.  Easier said than done.

Or is it?

I’ll let you know how I do this in another post, but feel free to leave your tips in the comments below.