Stress is a part of most people’s lives, but sometimes it can become quite overwhelming. Luckily, setting some priorities can be a very effective way to minimise and manage stress. Read on to learn more.
Effective time management is one of the best ways to beat stress. People with poor time management skills are likely to wake up to an alarm clock and plunge into their day, often without any clear sense of what they are doing, or in what order. However, people with good time management skills are more likely to use the first 30 minutes to an hour of their day for relaxation and reflection, as they already have a plan for what they are going to achieve, and when. A leisurely cup of tea, listening to music, or quiet reflection is not a waste of time. It becomes a part of the person’s schedule, and doing these things actually makes it easier for them to cope with the stress that the rest of the day brings.
One time management tip is to make a to-do list and prioritise the tasks that are on it. People get stressed because they try to do too many things at the same time, even if it means that nothing is actually finished. Work out what your personal concerns are and align your list to meet that.
Also use tools to help manage your time. Use a daily planner, with time being allotted to each specific task that you wish to achieve. Remember to allocate time generously – do not underestimate how long a given task may take to achieve. This planner could be in your diary, on your phone, or hastily written down. The point is to have it somewhere where you can easily refer to it to keep yourself on track.
Here are some great tips on how to beat stress just by setting your priorities: