Do you often think "where did the time go?" Or panic because a deadline is approaching and you haven't completed a task? Do you feel stressed because you have "so much to do?"
Our lives seem to get busier every day. And we often feel we have no choice but to continue with all of our commitments. Here are a few ways to better manage your time.
- Learn to say "no." Are you taking on things that someone else can do? Are you enabling someone to delegate to you something he can do himself? Are you doing things you don't want to do?
- Keep a To Do List. When you write down the things that you need to do, you can clear your mind of these details. We often feel stress when we think of all of the things we need to do. And we are afraid we will forget to do something that is important.
- Limit the time you spend reading email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. This doesn't mean you shouldn't utilize social media. It just means to control the amount of time you spend on social media instead of letting social media become a drain on your time.
- Get plenty of sleep. When we are tired, it is easy to feel we can't get things done. If you are having trouble sleeping, look at your nightly routine. Make sure you are going to bed early enough to get 7-8 hours of sleep. Limit the amount of caffeine you consume a few hours before going to bed. Relax or meditate before going to bed so that you will be ready to fall asleep. If sleep problems persist, be sure to discuss with your medical professional.
Learn to manage your time instead of letting "everything you have to do "control you."