|Have you ever had that feeling where there is too much to do and not enough time? Then you start to feel panicky and anxious and lose focus? |
With only 4 weeks left in the year and the holiday season upon us, a lot of these feelings are elevated. In fact, packed schedules and often poor time management is a major cause of stress.
We live in a culture where busyness is a badge of honour. Too many of us place value on cramming “just one more thing” into our already jam-packed schedule. This has a deep impact on how we move through our days and also how we manage our time.
How can you tell if you are managing your time well?There is no one size fits all to determine if you are managing your time well. But Dr. Philip G. Levendusky has a couple of questions to ask yourself to shed some light on whether you might need to re assess how you manage your time.
• Do you have little to no time to have fun or do activities that you enjoy?
• Are you always in a rush to get somewhere? Are you often late for engagements?
• Do you always feel pressure and are impatient?
• Are 24 hours not enough to do all the things you’d like to accomplish?
If you answered ‘YES’ to any of these questions, you might need to think about how you’re managing your time and ask whether it is starting to impact your mental well-being.
“What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”– Dwight Eisenhower
If you are looking to manage your time better, here are a couple of ways how:Set parameters for yourself. Do not get bogged down in the feeling of having to accomplish everything immediately.
• Prioritize tasks based on importance and urgency. What is truly urgent vs what is important and not that important.
• Be realistic about your timeline for completing your tasks
• Plan ahead
When we start to manage our time well, we are better equipped to handle the stress that comes with the busy time of year. It’s a win-win! Let’s all feel better, work better and live better this season leading up to the holidays.