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A change in environment, major, course load, social circles or other factors may contribute to high stress levels, which may have a negative impact on numerous aspects of your quality of life. Listed below are 25 time management tips that may help lower your stress levels, and you may take a self-assessment on Stress. Should you have any personal concerns about the results of the test, or any general concerns, please contact us at (860) 832-1945 to set up an appointment.
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25 Time-Management Tips to Help Avoid Stress
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Once you have set goals for yourself and understand how you currently use your time, you will be able to select time management tips that will be particularly useful to you. Some people will swear by particular strategies; however, everyone selects time savers that fit their goals, their values, and their personality. You should do the same.
1. Keep an appointment book. (Find one broken down into hours if you have a lot of things to keep track of every day.)
2. Write a "to do" list every day.
3. Write your "to do" list into your appointment book.
4. Ask yourself what things do NOT need to be done. Then don't do them.
5. Throw things out, preferably the first time you handle them.
6. Do each task only once. If the task is too big to handle in one sitting, divide it into tasks that are no more than a half an hour or an hour.
7. When you pick up a piece of paper or open a letter, handle it only once. Once you pick it up, do everything that needs to be done.
8. Make the most of one spare minute.
9. Make the most of transition times. While walking home from class, plan how you will spend the afternoon or evening. Think over the paper you have to write and narrow down the topic.
10. Learn to say no. If you are asked to do something and you cannot see how it will help you meet your goals, don't do it. (Remember, it's okay to do things that you enjoy doing or that are fun, but keep them in balance.)
11. If someone stops by your room and you do not want to spend a lot of time, stand up rather than having the other person sit down. If you conduct your business standing up, you will be ready to move on.
12. Control interruptions. Close your door and post a Do Not Disturb sign. Don't answer the phone. Then after an hour or two, poke your head out for a break, call people back.
13. When you are on the phone, keep the call short.
14. Nothing is worth doing perfectly. For the additional time that it takes, perfection may not be worth achieving. (However, if you need to have an error-free paper (spelling and grammar), keep on working.)
15. Spend more time in planning. The time you spend planning how to do something, may make it possible to spend less time doing it.
16. Ask the question "What is the best use of my time right now?"
17. Listen well. Make certain you understand the directions. There is nothing more time wasting than doing something wrong so that it has to be done again.
18. Build your will power. Time management is self control.
19. Wean yourself from TV. If you only watch two hours of TV a day, that is fourteen less hours you have each week to accomplish your goals.
20. Enjoy what you are doing right now. If you have decided to go out with friends, don't spend your time worrying about the studying you could be doing. Enjoy being with your friends.
21. Concentrate on one thing at a time. Decide what you are going to do right now and do only that.
22. Develop procedures for routine matters. If you're a secretary of a group, plan to write the minutes the morning following the meeting and then do it. If you have bills coming in throughout the month, decide that you'll pay them as they come in or that you will pay them on the first of each month, then leave them alone in between times.
23. If you need to meet regularly with someone, schedule an appointment. There is nothing that is a time waster like trying to track someone down.
24. Don't' be afraid to make mistakes. Remember that successful people have made more mistakes than average. To be successful means you have to take on some risks.
25. Break down tasks into 15 or 30 minute segments so that you can use the little time in your day.