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Decrease Your Summer Stress with Time Management

With the days getting longer and schools coming to a close, it is easy to want to do and accomplish more.  We wake up earlier, have more energy, and think we can be more productive.  I don’t know about you, but for me, summer means staying outside longer, gardening, enjoying nature, golfing, completing projects around the house, and spending time with my family and friends.  I always have big dreams of getting many things accomplished during the summer.  Unfortunately, it goes so fast that I look back and really only accomplish a few of my to-do lists.  So, this year is going to be different. I’m going to use better time management to complete my projects.

Time management is the ability to manage time as efficiently as possible. “Time management is the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities” (Chapman).  It is said that people who practice good time management techniques often find that they:

  • Are more productive
  • Have more energy for the things they need to accomplish
  • Feel less stressed
  • Are able to do the things they desire
  • Accomplish more
  • Are more positive
  • Feel better about themselves

Time management strategies will differ for each person depending on their personality, and self-motivation.  By including a few, or all, of the strategies below, your time can be more effectively managed.

  • Plan ahead – Write down what you want to accomplish for the summer.  Take time to make time.
  • Prioritize – Make a to-do list, then decide what is the most important to you and put a completion date next to it. Be realistic about your schedule. Experts recommend using a personal planning tool to improve productivity. It could be a planner, calendar, electronic planner, wall charts, or a notebook. Write everything down in your schedule including time for work, children’s activities, home projects, planting your garden, exercise, golf, vacations, etc.
  • Delegate – Identify others that can help you complete a project. This will help you to get it off your plate.
  • Don’t procrastinate – It is easy to put off a project because you become overwhelmed by everything you want to accomplish.  Instead, break down the
    tasks into smaller tasks, you may want to break it down into days, weeks, or even a month’s time.
  • Make time for yourself – Take care of    yourself.  Make sure you do things that you enjoy.
  • Celebrate your success – When you finish a project or task, celebrate it!

At the end of the summer, take time to evaluate how this worked for you. “Ask yourself: Do I have a healthy balance between work and home life?  Did I complete the tasks that were the most important to me?  Am I investing enough time in my own well-being?  If the answer is no to any of these questions, then reconsider your time management strategies”.  Successful time management can result in greater personal happiness, greater accomplishments at home and at work, increased productivity, less stress, and can lead to a healthier life.


Works Cited

Chapman, S. R. (n.d.). Time Management – 10 Strategies for better time management. Retrieved from www.fcs.uga.edu: https://www.fcs.uga.edu/docs/time_management.pdf

Samuel, A. (n.d.). Time Management/ What is Time Management? Retrieved from www.mindtools.com: https://mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_00.htm

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