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!

Reduce Stress By Banishing Negative Self Talk

Stress occurs whenever we feel that too much is being asked of us and we have no control over the situation, such as tackling a complex project with tight deadlines just as your colleague goes on vacation, or possibly juggling a dental appointment with the school Nativity play and the Christmas food shop all in the same afternoon. But what about the stress we all put ourselves under every day?

Why, when I KNOW it’s what I really want to do, do I NOT settle down to finishing my ebook?  Somedays it seems I will do anything NOT to write.  I know I’ll be really happy when I finish it. Why, when we are in control do we still make excuses not to do something that we actually DO want to do?

Why do we stress our already stressful lives with such self sabotage?

Perhaps the biggest stressor in the developed world today is time pressure. We never seem to have enough time. And yet we all seem to make time to watch our favorite soaps on the TV, or go to a ball game or daydream listening to the songs we just downloaded. So maybe using lack of time as an excuse is simply a way of talking ourselves out of something we actually did not want to do in the first place. Or maybe there is another issue.

Whilst you MAY have a valid reason for not doing something right NOW, there is no reason to suppose we will not have time at some point in the future. More often than not, our excuses are just negative self talk rooted in some other deep insecurity. And it is this insecurity which causes us everyday stress. Maybe you have poor self esteem and do not truly believe you are worthy of success?  Or something else?

Whatever the reason, constant negative self talk can drag us into a downward spiral of inactivity and under achievement. We start to believe in our own excuses, accepting them as true. They can make us miss opportunities and may even make us lead smaller lives than we really want to.

If you find yourself making excuses for why you are not doing something you actually DO want to do, then you are using negative self talk to increase your own stress levels. Stop excuses from destroying your life. If you would rather live life to the max, laugh lots and meet challenges with excited anticipation, then look inside yourself and figure out why you are using negative self talk – and address this issue. Counseling, self hypnosis and positive affirmations can all help with this, which makes these all very good stress relief techniques . But YOU have to do them

When repeated often enough, self talk becomes real. So make sure your self talk is positive. Do not let your excuses hold you hostage. Use positive affirmations to help change your mindset and you will become empowered, achieve more and feel less stressed.

I use affirmations a lot but they need to be used daily to be most effective.  I am thinking of writing something on this topic as I believe a great many people would like to know more but believe that positive affirmations belongs out there with the tree huggers.  What do you think?  Please leave a comment and let me know.