Stress, it is really something, right? Stress affects everyone in different ways. Some people succumb to stress very easily (hi, that’s me), while others have the tendency to keep cool and vibe on with little to no stress or worries while doing so. Like I have mentioned in blog posts time and time again, my stress-o-meter is pretty weak. I’ve seriously got a wimpy, puny amount of things I can take before my stress levels sky rocket and lead me to either A) have a mental breakdown or B) run from my problems.
Most people would probably agree that being productive, and having time management skills can aid in limiting stress. The combination of these things can help contain stress levels to a minimum. I have been working on my time management skills since freshman year of college. Let’s just say that my skills are still not where they should be, and quite frankly, I don’t think I’ll ever perfect them. But a girl can try, right?
Lately, I have been trying to better my time management skills. My blog has been pushed aside due to the stress I have had with everything else going on in life. In other words, my time management skills suck and I blame my poor time management skills for my lack of blogging.
Like anything else important in life, I headed straight to Pinterest to generate some ideas about time management, and how to better the minimal time management skills that I already (sort of) have. Here’s what I got:
Try To Use The “Pomodoro” Technique:
The “Pomodoro” technique was coined in the 1980s. It is basically a way to channel your inner productivity and actually accomplish things through the use of time intervals. The way this works is kind of simple: you are to work with complete and utter full attention (this means no phone or other distracting gadgets) for 25 minutes, and then you are to take a 5-minute break. The catch, is that you can’t use technology on this five-minute break. Think grabbing a snack, or taking a quick walk rather than ending up stalking your friend’s-brother’s-mother’s-classmate’s-great uncle for what ends up being 20 hours when it was supposed to be 5 minutes. The technique calls for doing this twice, and then taking an hour-long break, where you are permitted to use technology. I haven’t put this technique to use yet but it seems quite enticing. I can totally see the possibility of getting a lot done by eliminating the use of a phone for a whole hour, but then being rewarded to use it for an hour. Side note: am I the only one who immediately thought of pasta when I first read the name of this technique? Pomodoro actually means tomato in the Italian language, so I guess that’s how I made the connection. Supposedly the man who created this technique used a timer that was shaped and colored like a tomato. You learn something new everyday folks.
Batch Related Tasks Together:
If you have a hefty amount of things that you know you need to get done, try batching some of them together. I guess the closest thing I can compare this to is a workout plan: if you are going to the gym for 6 days a week, usually you’ll split up the weekly days by muscle groups. For example, on Mondays you would be training legs and glutes, on Tuesday you would be training triceps and shoulders…. I’m sure you get the idea. So if you had some blogging work to do, some emails to check, some groceries to shop for, or errands to run, go ahead and group them by day. When I do this, I’ll delegate one morning to doing laundry, and thoroughly organizing/ cleaning my room, and another morning to blogging, checking emails, and going through my bank statements. Having set plans for each day of the week eliminates the possibility of wasting time.
Spend Time Each Morning Planning Out Your Day
The first thing I do when I wake up each day is whip out my planner and spend some time thinking about what exactly I want to accomplish on said day. This quick half hour of every morning sets the tone for my day and helps me gear myself to taking on the goals and tasks that I need to accomplish. I like to make smaller “to-do” lists for each day rather than lengthier “to-do” lists for each week. This takes some weight off of my shoulders when I’m feeling uber stressed and helps me to achieve small goals each day.
Do you have any time management tips? Let me know in the comments below!