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The Importance of Time Management

When we consider the importance of time management a lot comes to mind. The obvious and the more subtle of ideas should be thought of. You can get more accomplished each and everyday and over a lifetime you will have had a much greater impact on the world; building a better future for your children, grandchildren, and generations to come. You can have more time to do the things you want to do. Others can depend on you more and you can move up in the business world. The importance of time management is something we must consider, and the sooner the better.

In most peoples lives much more can be getting done and at the same time much more fun can be had, this is the importance of time management. First we must look at those time wasters that leak our life away. We must reflect on how we are spending our time and therefor life. It is something thought about far too little. It is something that with the right persistence we can make a great change in the world around us. Everyday we make a change for the better the next day is improved, and with this fact in mind the future is painted in a much more masterful way.

We all want our lives to be enhanced and to be more joyful. The importance of time management can be so easily illustrated to that end. Everyday we give ourselves X amount of time to do the Y activity we build up that pattern to do the activity and reap all of its benefits. Overtime the changes that this productive activity are easier to see. Maybe it’s a 20 minute jog, 30 minutes of yoga, an extra 10 minutes of cleaning, a couple hours on a side business/project. If the motivation is there and the idea’s are clearly pointing to the inevitable and realistic goal you will achieve it. The importance of time management is clear and with the right motivations and proper use it will indisputably bring you a better life.

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Effective Time Management

There is a lot to be said when it comes to effective time management. There is always more we can do and there is the perfect point of effective time management but that shouldn’t be a goal and ultimately it is unhealthy. We can get a lot accomplished and not have to work overwork ourselves.effective-time-management

Effective time management is about looking for where you waste time and building new patterns that cut these out. It is about analyzing and scrutinizing how you spend your time. Getting a bigger picture of what is important and what isn’t. Not to say that having fun with friends and spending time with family is a waste, it isn’t at all. It’s looking more into not playing silly games, not watching an excess of TV’s or movies, not browsing your time away on the internet.

Effective time management is also about utilizing the time you have more efficiently. There are many things to look. Your time spent commuting, time at work, lunch breaks, sleep schedule, and much more can probably be used much more efficiently. Think about listening to books on tape when you commute alone. Figure out what is draining your productivity with an honest look at it. In some cases taking more relaxing breaks will increase your daily output. You may spend to many lunch breaks going out for food, think about bringing a lot more lunches to work so you can get more out of your break. Or consider trading off turns with co workers for getting take out food. Sleeping in a regular pattern will decrease your overall need for sleep.

There is plenty you can start doing today. Your biggest obstacle to this will be your focus. You need to focus on your overall goal and your daily/weekly/monthly goals. You need to focus and realizing when you are wasting time. You need to focus to keep a sharp mind and be more efficient. Effective time management takes time and energy. However the more you practice it the easier it becomes and soon it will be second nature; you will just do it without thinking twice about it. So practice effective time management and get more out of your life!

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How to Deal With Stress

We often wonder if all the stress in our life is worth it. We want to know what we can do to be dealing with stress. Is what we are doing working or do we need to change gears or directions to be more effective in our stress management. There are all kinds of ways we are dealing with stress but not all work and some are even counter productive. To find what the best approach is for dealing with stress we need to see how well what we are doing is working and what we can change and add to this.how to deal with stress

There are days that go by peacefully and just flow so well. There are days when it seems nothing can go right and everything is mounting against you. There is everything between and everything outside this spectrum. To effectively role with the punches and also enjoy those great days to the most we should look at our beliefs and our techniques we use when dealing with stress.

How to deal with stress

Start by jotting down what you are doing when you are dealing with stress. What are your coping techniques, do you use defense mechanisms, how much do you let it initially affect you. When you become defensive you can become very counter productive. You can harm yourself and others emotionally/mentally/physically when you react in this way. It’s not always a bad thing and if used constructively with thoughtfulness it is a very good thing. Try to judge the effectiveness of your coping skills and how you have programmed your mind to react to stress (your initial reaction). Overall just be mindful of what you do when your dealing with stress and what you could do to improve this. Also don’t let it stop there, you should be looking for ways to avoid stress and ways to not let it arise in the first place.

Take some time reading about new strategies for dealing with stress and trying to mix it up. You might be surprised at how powerful some of these stress management techniques and coping skills can be. It’s definitely worth your time.

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How to Take a Stress Test

There are a limited amount of options when you are looking for ways to take a stress test. There aren’t a lot of well developed stress tests and that makes it even harder to find a quality one. There is a laboratory stress test that has earned a lot of respect in the psychology field but how many of you out there have access to a laboratory that will test your stress? Basically no one can take this test and it was made more for research. You can look around and find simple tests with simple question that probably won’t leave you with any answers.take-a-stress-test

Taking a stress test is more of an individual thing. It is about asking yourself the right questions and getting a clearer picture of what is happening in your life and what should be happening. It takes time and reflection, it takes calming yourself down in the moment and realizing what is happening. There are many things you can do to raise this awareness and many other things to help with self reflection. Life is about adapting to changes and becoming more aware of who you are and how your interact with your environment.

Ask yourself how often do you get stressed. How many stressors are there in your life? Which brings more stress than others? What kinds of stress come form which stressors? How much can you handle and how much is too much? When aren’t you stress and what calms you down? These are a few questions to start with, expand them with your own personal preferences and begin to take in a bigger picture of what is means to be “stressed out”.

There are a lot of questions and a lot of answers when you give yourself a stress test. You must find them for yourself and when you do, this greater knowledge of yourself will start to transform your life. Getting a better picture of you and how you react to your environment will get you to a stronger place in your mind where you can take control of situations and feel much stronger and empowered in your everyday life.

Be real with yourself and your benefits will be found!

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Time Management with a Daily Rhythm

Time management is great all around. It is not used to often and we waste a lot of time. I am not preaching being productive every minute of every day, far from it. We can be doing a lot more to get a lot more out of what we do.clocks

Getting yourself in a pattern is a giant key to getting more out of your activities. Your body is setup to work on a daily pattern. If you exercise the same time everyday you get more out of it. If you sleep on a regular schedule you also will get a lot more out of it. The same goes with working, studying, and eating. All of these things can be more effective if you do them on a daily cycle and greatly benefit your time management. You will also do a much better job of not procrastinating when you build these positive habits and know what you need to do and when you need to do it.

Sleeping the same amount at the same times everyday is very beneficial for a number of reasons. It will reduce the time of sleep you require as well as letting you feel more well rested for the remainder of the day. It will also boost your overall mood, boost your immune system, and help remove the stress chemical cortisol.

Eating on a regular pattern is very beneficial to digestion. Your body will be more prepared for the meal and more receptive to it. You will get somewhat higher health benefits from the food as well as getting more nutrients and enzymes from the food.

Studying is another beneficiary of a daily pattern. Your mind will ready itself much quicker and avoid the sluggishness when you first start studying. You will also do a better job of staying on track and retaining the information. It is also a good idea to study after a light workout since your dopamine levels are elevated and your mind is more calm.

I challenge you to give it a try for a two weeks. If you have a smart phone you can set up a daily schedule with alarms. If you don’t get a planner. You can get more done with regular patterns and get more out of it. You can improve your time management and have more time!

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Time Management Tips

Time management can be very difficult at times, especially with how busy we all are.  One of the best ways to improve your time management skills is to document how you spend all of your time, then analyze those activities and decide whether or not you are wasting time on unnecessary or unimportant things.  Take the chart located here and record how much of your time you spend on each of those days and total it up.

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Simply fill out the amount of time you spend doing anything you do every 15 minutes throughout the day, then at the end of your 7 day period, you go back and categorize them.  Shown below on the right is an example daily activity log for doing this.  Shown is 7a.m. up through 12:30 p.m., you will need to go all the way to about midnight.  In the “Quad” column, you will label each activity according to the charts in the middle below(Note: Click on any image to enlarge).

Time is a resource that is spent and managed in many different ways by different people.  Students, professionals, and even stressed parents or teenagers alike face especially demanding daily schedulestime-management-matrix.  The purpose of performing a time management exercise such as this serves several purposes.

1) Making you conscious of how you choose to spend and manage your time.

2) Identify areas where you can improve your time management practices.

3) Provide data from which to build or improve your goal-based time management system.

4) expose you to time management/organizing concepts for self-improvement.

The purpose is NOT to:daily-activity-log

  • Encourage you to track every minute or activity in your life for years to come.
  • Propose that everyone should monitor, plan, or manage time in exactly the same way.
  • Require you to change your current time management practices or daily schedule.

The time management activity involves monitoring and analyzing your use of time for a three-day period over one week.  So to elaborate, you are to:

1) Complete the time study log above for three days of the upcoming week

2) record the number of hours (0.25 increments) spent on the following activites.

3) calculate totals for days and activities to confirm 24 hr. days and 72 hours total.

We hope you enjoy our time management tip and activity.  Think about it as a time management game!

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