Are you an individual who can’t seem to properly manage your time?  Does this cause additional stress in your life?  The good news is that there are a number of steps that you can take to improve your time management.  Here are 6 simple steps that you can take to manage your time better and reduce the associated stress!

 Know That You Have a Problem

Awareness that you may have a time management challenge is the first step in changing your behaviour.  Although it is typical to be late for work or a social event on occasion, it is something that should not be happening on a daily or a weekly basis.  

 Decide To Change

Wanting to change is the next key to change.  You need to set goals for yourself, as these goals can help to provide you with a source of motivation.  Sample goals include showing up to work on time for a whole month, being on time for all dinner dates, and so forth.

 Create Daily Task Lists

Creating a to-do list for yourself is an easy way to properly manage your time.  Outline what you need to do throughout the day.  Be sure to list your tasks in order of importance.

Rely On Time Management Tools

Consider using time management tools to your advantage.  Use your cell phones and computers  alarm clocks, alerts, calendars, and so much more?

 Learn How To Say No

This can be challenging but try to not take on more than you can accomplish.  Look into using outside help.  In the home, this outside help can come from a housecleaner.  At the workplace, this outside help can come from a co-worker.

 Get Organized

If you are unorganized, you are likely to waste a large amount of time.  For example, you can waste time by searching for lost or misplaced documents.  or you can spend hours searching for your glasses or car keys.

These are just a few ideas you can put in place to help you get organized.  It all starts with awareness and the desire to change!  If you want it, you can have it!

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