Chat with us, powered by LiveChat

Are You Constantly Running Out of Time? | Simple Life Strategy


Is Time Stressing You Out?

Have you ever felt completely stressed and overwhelmed because you have so much to do? You know those days where your head is a jumble of confusion with so many thoughts flying around that you just don’t know where to start?!

Haven’t we all. Western society places so much emphasis on ‘getting things done’ and the incredible pace of technology has only increased our every day demands. We are expected to achieve more in less time! Tools like email and mobile phones create a never-ending stream of communication that requires an immediate response. Time has become a valued commodity that often results in feelings of stress and anxiety. How many times have you heard yourself saying (in a frazzled voice) ‘I just don’t have time!’ or ‘I’m running out of time!’ or ‘I don’t know how I’m going to get everything done!’?

You’ll be pleased to hear that there are some simple strategies that you can use to lower your stress levels and overcome this ‘war on time!’

Part of the solution lies in prioritizing. The simple fact of the matter is that often – we cannot do everything that we would like to, as quickly as we would like to. So, we have to choose which things are most important to us. Personal values are a great way to do this and I’ve talked about these in a previous post. Values define what is important to us – and therefore allow us to identify how we should be spending our time in order to feel happy and balanced. If you don’t have time (excuse the pun) to identify your values I’d recommend getting into the habit of asking yourself this: “what is the value of what I’m doing right now?’. The term ‘value’ refers to ‘what you get out of it’ and also ‘what you would lose if you didn’t do it’. So you can frequently ask these Qs to identify how important the things you’re stressing over, actually are in the grand scheme of your life. You’d be surprised by how much importance we give to things that are actually unimportant to us.

Focus is another key strategy. Many of us waste an enormous amount of time with distractions. If you think about it – when someone interrupts you mid-task it‘s not only the time that the interruption takes up but also the time it takes you to re-focus and get your head back into your task that is lost! So – it’s a lose: lose scenario. By better managing your ability to ‘focus’ you can maximize your time & results and minimize your stress levels!

Simple Life Strategy: 5 Tips For Managing Time

  1. Practice Prioritising. Each morning write a ‘To Do’ list and then prioritise each item based on how important it is to you, your family, your friends, your boss.
  2. If you identify any items that aren’t that important at all – strike them off the list and don’t waste your time with them! (It’s OK to say no to unimportant things)
  3. Be realistic with what you can achieve – and methodically work through your list in order of priority
  4. ALWAYS do your most important task first! Especially if it is the one you dread the most! Don’t fall into the trap of procrastinating as you may not get around to completing what’s important and this will leave you feeling stressed at the end of the day
  5. FOCUS. Make a mental effort to ‘focus’ on every task. I usually say to myself ‘right now I’m going to focus’ before every task I do. Turn off email, turn your phone on silent (they can wait until you’ve finished your task!) and ask those around you not to disturb you

If you would like to learn time management strategies specifically for your situation then contact me about a bespoke coaching program.

Know someone who could do with more time? Share this article with them!

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like:

Image Source: Danieleckler; Piccsy

Not loving your day job? Get my most popular, FREE online training here: My 3 Step process To Find A More Meaningful Career.

Join 108,000 beautiful souls on the Simple Life Strategies Facebook page to get access to articles before anyone else!

Sign up to Simple Life Strategies for free now

5 Comments. Leave new

Unquestionably believe that which you stated. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the web the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get irked while people consider worries that they plainly do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

minnie mouse birthday invitations
August 4, 2012 10:05 pm

Thanks , I have just been searching for information approximately this topic for a long time and yours is the best I’ve came upon so far. But, what about the bottom line? Are you positive in regards to the supply?

wide format copier paper
August 4, 2012 10:11 pm

I think this is one of the most important info for me. And i’m glad reading your article. But should remark on some general things, The web site style is great, the articles is really nice : D. Good job, cheers

internet marketing forum
August 4, 2012 10:18 pm

Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to assert that I acquire actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently quickly.

gloucestershire hotels
August 4, 2012 5:53 pm

It’s perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you some interesting things or suggestions. Perhaps you can write next articles referring to this article. I desire to read even more things about it!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sign up for free now

You get:
check_16x16 X3 free training videos to find your passion
check_16x16 Free ‘get productive’ daily planner
check_16x16 Free 7 success tips from Einstein e-book
check_16x16 Regular video interviews with top authors
check_16x16 Weekly inspiring life tips into your inbox