Stress and Time Management

What is Stress?

  • Stress is the body’s automatic response to any sort of physical or mental demand placed upon it.
  • Fight or Flight Response arises. (Response to stress in which pupils dilate, heart rate increases, lungs expand, blood vessels constrict)
  • Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous.
  • Stress is your body’s reaction to a challenge or demand. In short bursts, stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline. But when stress lasts for a long time, it may harm your health.

Is all Stress Bad?

  • Moderate levels of stress may actually improve performance and efficiency.
  • Too little stress may result in boredom.
  • Too much stress may cause an unproductive anxiety level.

Identifying Stressors

Situations, activities, illness, environment, living situation and relationships that cause ‘trauma’ to one’s physical, emotional or psychological self.

Negative Effects of Stress

  • Physical

    Weight gain/ loss, unexpected hair loss, heart palpitations, high blood pressure.

  • Emotional

    Mood swings, anxiety, depression, unhealthy coping strategies (i.e., alcohol, drugs, etc.)

Managing Stress

Stress can be managed by doing the following things:

  • Breathing Exercise
  • Yoga
  • Work out
  • Meditation
  • Counseling

Other Helpful Tips

  • Set realistic goals
  • Avoid procrastination
  • Schedule “me” time
  • Change perceptions and expectations

Benefits of Stress Management

Following are the benefits of stress management:

  • More energy and stamina
  • Optimistic and sunny outlook on life
  • Increased focus and efficiency

Time Management

Time management means to utilize the available time in optimum manner to achieve one’s personal and professional goals. Time management is the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between different activities. Get it right, and you’ll end up working smarter, not harder, to get more done in less time – even when time is tight and pressures are high.

The highest achievers manage their time exceptionally well.

Tips for Time Management

  • Avoid Procrastination
  • Prepare a Time Table weekly
  • Prepare a to-do list daily
  • Set realistic goals
  • Prioritize your goals
  • Work smart and not hard.

Important Tips

  • Do easiest thing at last. Doing easy things first and difficult things last may lead to stress.
  • Never leave anything for the last moment.
  • Focus on one thing at one time.
  • Prepare a time table prioritizing your tasks that you want to accomplish in a week based upon the importance and urgency.

Time Table

All tasks should be divided into 6 groups and accomplished based on the following timetable.

Very Urgent Urgent Not Urgent
Very Important 1 3 5
Important 2 4 6

Benefits of Time Management

  1. Decreased stress

Learning to manage your time can reduce your stress levels. Because you can schedule smaller parts of your day, you can leave room for irregularities or issues that might cause stress. For example, if you think that a project might take longer than originally planned, schedule extra time for that task. Even if you work on it longer, you can still be confident you have time to finish everything else, helping you remain calm. By using tools and planning techniques to prioritize your daily tasks, you will feel less overwhelmed by what you need to do.

  1. Increased productivity

Once you master time management, you’ll be better equipped to finish tasks or projects more quickly, increasing your productivity. You may notice that you’re completing a task in less time and stressing less about deadlines. By following a calendar, tracking deadlines in management software or keeping a to-do list of impending deadlines, you can better plan your work around those deadlines

  1. Positive Reputation
  2. More energy for free time
  3. Clear daily goals
  4. Improved focus
  5. Streamlined decision making
  6. Reaching goals faster
  7. Improved quality of work
  8. More confidence
  9. Improved self-discipline
  10. Better workplace relationships

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