The REAL Reason You Can’t Find Any Free Time

By on September 3, 2013

Fotolia_34440685_XSTime management and stress management often get discussed hand in hand because they’re so closely interrelated. Learning to manage your time is both an effective and obvious way to reduce and control stress.

A major misunderstanding about time management is it takes so much planning that there isn’t enough time left to do what actually has to be done, let alone finding any me time. The reality is planning helps to save time in order for you to get the important stuff done. The goal of time management isn’t to find more time; it’s to set aside adequate time to get each task done and to make wise use of that time.

Being busy all of the time doesn’t necessarily mean you’re using your time wisely. Signs of stress attributable to time management problems include:

  • Always having to rush
  • Regularly missing deadlines
  • Fatigue
  • Wasted hours with little productivity
  • Inadequate time for yourself or personal relationships
  • Majority of time is spent doing things you don’t want to do

A good way to start managing time and stress is to keep a record of the way you’re using your time so you can objectively analyze and see where adjustments can be made.

Prioritize your goals; make a list using different columns (important, necessary, of lower importance and unimportant). Then, plan ahead. You might find lists (e.g., shopping lists, chore lists, ‘to do’ lists) helpful, otherwise just the simple act of physically writing it down can give a better perspective so tasks appear less daunting.

Procrastination is undoubtedly the biggest enemy of time management and a primary contributor to stress. It’s vital therefore to set stretched but realistic goals for yourself and to do your best to reach them.

So, where’s your free time going? Maybe you’d also like to share your thoughts on this for the benefit of others, in which case please post a comment below.

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3 Comments

  1. Stella H

    October 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    .. yet somehow there’s always time for TV! I find that when we shut that idiot box off, there’s plenty of time to get get stuff done!

  2. Eugenia

    October 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Me time, it’s always get left out in time management …i agree with you, i used to but not anymore, i love to give myself time to do what i like, my favorite is to sit outside in the sun, in summer time with a cup of tea in my hand or in winter i sit on my sofa, with everything off, just peace and quiet on my own for at least 30 mins,before anything… i cannot stress enough how imprtant it is to look after number one first.I guess if was a man i will be going for fishing!

  3. Belle Kayce

    October 29, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Yes! Time management and prioritizing goals is a MUST in today’s society. There is so much more we have to do these days than hunt for food. great article. Well written.

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