How to use time management to avoid stress

You know that feeling you get when you have so much to do that it seems physically impossible to do in the time you have? We’ve all had it before.

The panic levels rise and the procrastinators among us will simply put off doing our tasks until the last possible minute.

But what if I told you there was a way to avoid the serious stress levels that comes with having multiple projects on at once? What if there was actually a few things you could do to make your own life easier?

As someone who has always worked alongside studying to get the best grades possible and also sometimes have a social life, I have had those days were getting everything done looks a little bit like climbing Mount Everest in half an hour.

So here are some of my top tips to avoid the hair-pulling-out stress that can come with being busy!

Use your planner

We’ve already discussed on this blog how important using your planner the right way is

Organising your planner: tips for success

But seriously it is vitally important to keep yourself organised when you have lots on at once.

If you have everything in your planner then you can’t forget about something until the very last minute and you can be more aware of your time.

One of my top tips is to write literally EVERYTHING down. Write down where you have to be and when but also write down anything else that you might need to do that day. When I have been suuuuper busy I have been known to write things down as mundane as washing my hair to ensure that everything gets done and I would have time to do it!

The other thing I’d suggest is to make and use to-do lists and to write the most important tasks in your planner. This means that you fit the tasks in your daily schedule and helps you keep on top of things.

Struggling to create a good to-do list? Check out my post on to-do lists

Prioritise

When you have so much on your plate sometimes some things are going to have to get done earlier than others.

One of my major tips is to prioritise based on when something has to be done and how important it is.

In the academic world, this obviously translates to due dates and marks weighting – these would be the things that would be the first things to get done and what you spend the longest on to make sure that they are how you want them to be.

But prioritising doesn’t just apply to academics, it can mean anything from housework to actual work.

By prioritising you save yourself the stress and worry as the most important things are done and then if any of the less important things don’t get done (hey, it happens) then it’s not as big of a deal.

Say No

It sounds harsh but some things are just not worth your time and effort.

Some days it will feel like everyone wants a piece of you. So say no. Save yourself the headache and don’t agree to that extra shift or extra work.

You know how much you can handle at once and if someone asks you to go over that limit the simplest thing to do is just say no.

This can apply socially as well, especially when in Uni people want you to go out all the time but if you’re not feeling it at all then seriously just say no.

You will thank yourself when your priorities get sorted and you have some time to yourself for once!

Of course, always say yes to things you really want to do as you should never deny yourself something you actually want, just don’t be a people pleaser about it!

Make every moment count

Out of everything in this list, this is the tip that I personally utilise the most and it is what I think has really made me manage my workload.

Making every moment count means literally that.

Got a few hours between commitments? Use that time to work on something else. I do this all the time I often have 1-2 hours between uni and work and recently I have actually sat in the staffroom at work with headphones in just getting my uni work done before I start.

This means that the work gets done in a time when otherwise I would probably just aimlessly shop or scroll through social media! Much more productive this way isn’t it!

Sometimes it’s the little things that really really make the difference!

Make yourself accountable

Make sure you do what you need to do. If you do have a big assignment or something of the nature then putting off doing it will only stress you out and make it a more mammoth task when you come around to doing it.

If you say you are going to do something then make sure you get it done. Don’t just write to-do lists for the fun of it, write to-do lists with the intention of getting those things done.

If you don’t get them done when you said you would then that’s okay because you will have prioritised (see step 2) and so the things you haven’t got done weren’t as important anyway but the next step is to do them the next day or opportunity you get.

By putting things off and not holding yourself accountable you might as well not bother organising at all. So hold yourself accountable and you will save yourself stress and worry and get more done in the process!

So there you have it my tips for managing everything at once without totally losing your head due to stress!

Do you have too much going on at the minute or have any top tips of your own? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

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10 Comments

  1. Ann
    10/18/2019

    Great tips and reminders!! Love your blog!

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    1. Shannon
      10/18/2019

      Thank you!

      Reply
  2. Shelby
    10/18/2019

    Great tips. Ticking off my to-do list always fills me with a sense of accomplishment, even if it’s something small!

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    1. Shannon
      10/18/2019

      I’m exactly the same! I love colouring in my little circle to say I’ve done something!

      Reply
  3. Kaylie
    10/18/2019

    These are great tips and super helpful! Thank you for sharing 😊

    -Kaylie | bizwithkaylie.com

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    1. Shannon
      10/18/2019

      Glad you found them helpful!

      Reply
  4. Ashley
    10/18/2019

    Great reminder especially since I have the hardest time saying no.

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  5. Yamini
    10/19/2019

    Thank you for this post, I could definitely do with some time management tips in my work routine 😀

    Reply
  6. POOVANESH PATHER
    10/19/2019

    The two best tips are writing everything down and making yourself accountable. Although I had a full-time job as a teacher for many years, it’s only when I started my blog and worked from home that I realized how important it is to manage your time well. If you don’t you’re likely to experience high levels of stress. Great post.

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  7. Diane
    10/19/2019

    Excellent tips. Making sure to get things done, finalized, finished, completed is something that I’m definitely working on before skipping to the next project.

    Reply

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