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Time Management


How you manage your time and impact the level of stress you may experience. Effective time management skills can help with minimizing deadline anxiety, procrastination, and fatigue.

 

Practice Time Management

First, evaluate how you spend your time.

Consider tracking your activities for 3 - 5 days. This can help identify time wasters - like surfing the internet or extended time with video games. You can use this ‘lost time’ for interests and activities you value more.


Second, clarify your values.

What is truly important to you? Make time for the goals or involvements that meet your highest values. When your values are clear, this can also be helpful when faced with the difficult decisions.

 

Third, set goals.

You want to set goals that meet your immediate, short-term needs, as well as needs a few years away. As you set your goals, be realistic. You probably will not be a successful competitor in the Boston Marathon if you’re a committed couch potato.

 

Finally, develop an action plan.

This will help you determine what you need to reach your goals as well as the steps it will take to attain them. The more time and thought you invest in your action plan, the clearer your path will be.



More About Time Management

Websites:

Time management: Tips to reduce stress and improve productivity - MayoClinic.com

Managing Your Time - Dartmouth Academic Skills Center