Today I’d like you to spend a few minutes on another quick exercise that will help you to enhance your personal time management skills. The better you are able to organise your time, the less stress you’ll feel on a daily basis.
Start by making a list of the things that occur within your life, especially within your workplace, that seem to cause stress in your life. Consider outside influences such as children or school as well as your management responsibilities. Is the economy getting you down? Are you worried about an upcoming promotion? Be honest and detailed in your assessment of yourself.
Once you have the list in front of you, try the following:
• Determine whether or not poor planning or time management on your part is causing each event to be more stressful than it needs to be. For example, are you always late for work because you consciously leave the house later than you know you should?
• Make a plan for improving your schedule with regards to each event.
• Are any of your stressors related to each other? Perhaps you’re having a difficult time with your spouse because you work too much; but you feel you have to work to solve your financial worries. Is there anything you can change to realign these issues?
• Do you have any stress management outlets (hobbies, activities, etc)?
I’m sure that once you write out your main stressors and get a better grasp on how they’re impacting your life you’ll be able to move forward in a positive manner. Let me know how this activity impacts your thought process.
Mark Williams is a learning and development professional, using business psychology and multiple intelligences to create fascinating and quickly-identifiable learning initiatives in the real-world business setting. Mark’s role at MTD is to ensure that our training is leading edge, and works closely with our trainers to develop the best learning experiences for all people on learning programmes. Mark designs and delivers training programmes for businesses both small and large and strives to ensure that MTD’s clients are receiving the very best training, support and services that will really make a difference to their business.