― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Work-related stress is a very common problem faced by many of us, and can be the cause of many psychological, emotional, and physical problems. To maintain a balance between our work and personal life and avoid sabotaging our success, we need to plan well and make the most of our time. Failing to set priorities, unable to create an environment conducive to effectiveness, multitasking, or procrastinating, all this can affect our day-to-day work, leading to stress and demoralization. Hence, making a to-do list and prioritizing your tasks will help you accomplish them without much difficulty. The result – increased productivity, low stress levels, and a happier and healthier YOU!
Failing to maintain a to-do list is one of the most common time management mistakes that must be avoided at all costs. With so many different things to do everyday, it is quite likely that you will forget to do a few important ones. So, write things down. It will help you free up your mind, stay organized, and get things done in a better way.
Make sure you complete your most important task first, before moving on to the next one. Learn to politely say NO, when you are already overloaded with other important jobs. Make scheduling a habit and complete your work based on your deadline and/or priority. Once you start doing this, you will be able to accomplish your tasks with ease without having to rush at the last moment.
Time lost is money lost, and denying this fact is the worst blunder anyone can make. So, utilize your time effectively, focus on your targets and goals, and make use of every opportunity wisely. If you value your time, people will also realize that and respect you for it. After all, you don’t want your boss to give you extra work and responsibilities just because you have lots of free time, and not because you are good at your job!
The best time to do something is now, so don’t delay, or postpone, but plan and prioritize your tasks right away.
If you want to be successful, you need to set definite goals for yourself, otherwise you will lack focus and direction.
So, what’s your plan of action for today, or the coming week, or for the year ahead? If you are not aware, then take charge of your life, realize your strengths and set clearly defined goals for yourself. However, make sure that your goals are realistic and attainable. Learn from past mistakes, believe in yourself, and plan cautiously and wisely. Write down the tasks that should be accomplished within a given time frame, so that you don’t rush through them at the last hour. This will help achieve your dreams the right way.
To avoid rampant procrastination, focus on one task at a time. Prioritize and set realistic deadlines that you can meet, and make the most of the opportunities you get. When the set target is met, don’t forget to reward yourself for doing the work correctly, and most important at the right time!
So, the best thing is to focus on doing one task at a time, and doing it right rather than multitasking and not performing them in the best way.
Keeping your space neat and tidy will help you concentrate and focus more on the task at hand, as you are less likely to get distracted with the clutter around you. This helps to manage your time better and increases your productivity, thus reducing your stress levels.
So, first identify your distractions, then learn to minimize them by setting boundaries for yourself. After you have identified them, conquer your distractions, so that they do not come in the way of your success. Your friends, colleagues, and family need to understand and respect your priorities, so deal with them politely, but assertively.
Employees who take a break are less likely to make mistakes than those who don’t, so go for a quick walk, grab a cup of coffee, take a meal break, or just visit the washroom.