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Time management is a way to find the
time for all the things you want and need to do. It helps you decide which
things are urgent and which can wait. Learning how to manage your time,
activities, and commitments can be hard. But doing so can make your life
stressful, and more meaningful.
You can start managing
your time by prioritizing tasks, controlling procrastination, and managing your
Make a list of all your tasks and activities for the day or week. Then
rate these tasks by how important or urgent they are.
After you have your list and have rated the items, think
about how you are spending your time. If you take care of important tasks in a
timely way, you won't have as many urgent tasks to worry about. For example, if
you pay your bills when you get them, you won't have to juggle your finances
and hurry to pay bills the day they are due.
Think about how
you can redirect your time to activities that are important and meaningful to
you. Are you spending a lot of time on things that aren't important or urgent?
Maybe there are things that you don't need to do at all.
The more stressful or
unpleasant a task, the more likely you are to put it off. This only increases
your stress. You may want to try these tips for controlling
If you find a tip that works for you, stay with it. Over
time you'll gain confidence that you can beat the procrastination habit.
You may still slip up sometimes and find yourself putting things
off. That's okay. Don't blame yourself. Confidence and positive thinking can
help you get back on track.
Both too many and too few commitments can lead
Letting go of a commitment
doesn't mean giving up. It means learning what's important to you, recognizing
that you have limits, and deciding how you want to spend your time. Here are
some tips for letting go:
Making commitments can be just as
hard as letting them go. People who are under stress tend to have too many
commitments instead of too few. But sometimes stress comes from a lack of
commitment. If you need more commitment in your life, think about what is most
important to you. When you are ready to commit:
Current as of:
May 3, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Steven Locke, MD - Psychiatry
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