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Finding time to get
all the things done that you want or need to do often leads to
stress. You may be able to relieve some of this stress
by prioritizing your time according to what is urgent and important. Use the
following steps to prioritize your time.
Make a list
of all the things you need or want to accomplish (tasks or activities) in a
given day, week, or month. Look at the list and decide if an activity is
important, urgent, or both important and urgent. All your activities are likely
to be somewhat important and somewhat urgent, so rank them as more or less
important or urgent compared with others on your list.
Where do you spend
most of your time? Is this in line with your priorities and goals? Many people
find that they are putting most of their activities in category III (not
important but urgent). If this is the case, you may be spending most of your
time doing things that mean little to you. This often results in stress.
Category I can't be ignored but should eventually shrink with attention
to category II. For example, if you pay your bills when you get them, you won't
have to juggle your finances and hurriedly write checks on their due date. This
will also free up time to do things that are more important to you.
Most experts say that you should spend:
The goal of this system is not merely to get more
things done or to be more efficient but to clarify the way you set your
priorities and how you choose to spend your time.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerSteven Locke, MD - Psychiatry
Current as ofNovember 20, 2015
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Steven Locke, MD - Psychiatry
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