I find that when I encounter someone who is type A, or high strung, that they always seem to be on the go. There is always something to do or somewhere they need to be. Regardless as to how they use their time and how many things they knock off their to-do list there is always sometime more on there.
We have been talking a lot recently on how rework your priority list, examining habits to see how they serve you and contribute to your day to day functioning. I want to spend today looking a bit more specifically on time management. How are you using your time? Are the things you do on a daily basis serving you well, contributing to your day or are they nervous habits? Things you do because you are anxious or stressed out?
- Look at your calendar, check out your day’s schedule and see how much you do each day.
- On a scale of 1-10 rate how frantic you feel during the day – 1 being relaxed and 10 being VERY frantic.
- List the accomplishments you have each day. What things did you get done today?
- Compare how well your level of frantic matches your level of productivity.
Now please be realistic. If you feel very stressed or anxious (putting yourself at a 8 or higher) then it is completely appropriate for you to give yourself permission to cool off a bit and relax.
A level of activity between a 5-7 is fairly healthy when you are accomplishing a lot of things. When you are feeling like a 5 or 7 and you have a small list of little accomplishments then you might need to rethink how you are spending your time. Cut out some of the nervous habits and do something that will serve you better.
When you feel like you are below a 5 then you have reached a level of relaxation or calm that most people don’t reach on a regular basis. Enjoy that! If this is you and you aren’t getting the things you need to get done accomplished then consider the benefit of not addressing your responsibilities. Maybe you really don’t need to get much done and you are able to relax. But that isn’t the case for most of us. If you are below a 5 and you are accomplishing all or most of your goals please share with us how you make that happen – that is a huge success!
This is all to help you do what you need to do everyday without feeling overwhelmed or worn out. In order to do that you need to start with a clear baseline picture of how you spend your time, what you can say you get done during your day, and how you feel at the end of it all.1
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