Saturday, September 26, 2009

2 Effective Time Management Techniques to Ease Your Stress

If you are feeling stressed because you have too much to do and too little time, then know that you are not alone. If you don't know where to start or how to approach the pile of work in front of you then read on for tips to help you achieve more in less time.

Have a routine and stick to it until it becomes habit - It is strange but having a routine helps free up more time for you. Instead of wasting time deciding what to do and finding ways to do the task, having everything done the same way, regularly helps to bring in efficiency.

It also helps to build a habit so your body and mind go on auto pilot naturally. It takes up less and less energy from you to do the routine tasks and you free up your mind to concentrate on the creative parts of your work.

Having a routine can be as simple as doing your networking or marketing on specific days of the week. You will lock those times downs and these activities do not get washed out when your production work increases. Draw up a plan and get into the habit of a routine and you will get all your important tasks attended to.

Creating a routine can also mean scheduling creative work on certain time of the day or certain day of the week. Some people works best in the early morning while others prefer to stay up late. Find out what works best for you and stick to your routine. That's your date with yourself.

Follow the structure week after week, until it becomes second nature to you and you will save so much time that you would have spent on in-decisions, forgetting the tasks and having to make up for it at another time.

Break up bigger projects into a series of smaller tasks - This will make the entire project easier to tackle and you can also celebrate the little milestones along the way. It also keep you focus on doing only the small task in front of you so you are not overwhelmed and frazzled by the size of the entire project. And by chunking it down to doable pieces, you are able to fit these little tasks into your daily schedule more easily.

There are always 10 or 15 minutes here and there as you wait in line. For example, you can break down your 1 hour audio class into smaller files of 15 minutes each so you can listen to the audio as you drive around on the road to pick up errands. It is amazing how many 15 minutes you have lying around not utilized, which slipped away unnoticed.

Alternatively, you can keep a small scarp book handy and every time you have a 10-minute slot, you can start jotting down ideas for your own business. It is found that when you are away from your desk that you sometimes have the most creative ideas.

Try these 2 tips and see if you are able to get more done with less stress.