Time management Monday: How to prevent your time stress triggers

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‘Tis the season to feel time-stressed! We all have our time stress triggers that set us off and can put us in a downward spiral. Here are some common time stress triggers, and how to avoid them:

Feeling rushed: Feeling pressed for time sends my heart rate right up. To avoid this, I try to make sure I have allotted extra time, since things often take longer than expected, by padding my schedule. I also know the different values of 10 minutes now vs then. I take care of things ahead of time so I don’t have to try to remember to do it when I’m in a rush.

Feeling scattered: You know that feeling of having so much to do you don’t know what to do next? Yeah, I hate that too. Time blocking helps this immensely, because you have decided ahead of time what you will do during this chunk of time. You can settle down and get it done, then move on to the next thing on your list. Multi-tasking is a sure way to feel scattered. Do one thing at a time so you can focus. If you’re not sure what you should do first, see this post to help you figure out when to do all those items on your list.

Feeling overwhelmed: When you have so much to do, it can feel like you’re barely keeping your head above water. This post can help you prioritize all those tasks coming at you from all directions. And we all know this but it bears repeating: learn to say no to some things. When someone asks you to do something, really think about it; everything you say yes to will displace something else you could possibly do. Make sure you are sticking to the things that are high-priority for you.

Not having what you need: It’s so frustrating to be in the middle of a recipe, project, gift wrapping, whatever, and realize you are out of something you need. Having to run out and buy something at the last minute really throws off your schedule. Look at your planner to see what is coming up, and make a list of anything you will need. Then, schedule time in your planner to go buy those things, or order them in time for them to arrive before you need them. See this post for more ways to prepare ahead.

With some planning, you can prevent those time stress triggers so everything can go more smoothly!

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