Track your Time

Stress Relief Tool – Track Your Time for a Week

With clarity about your time you can help yourself fend off unnecessary stress in the future.

A common habit many people have is thinking they have less time during the week than they actually have. This leads to unnecessary stress because we feel we have hurry, which makes us more likely to make mistakes, further compounding our anxiety.

A good way to get a handle on the actual time you have is to objectively track it for a week and keep a notebook or spreadsheet of where you are spending your time. Track your time without actively attempting to change your behavior. Your behavior will naturally shift in positive directions due to monitoring, so there’s no need to force it, at least initially.

Limit brief work-related activities during non-work time, like checking your phone or firing off a quick email. These activities may only take a few minutes, but this pattern can feel like it consumes more time than it actually does, so try to curb these behaviors. Ultimately, you want to see how much time you really are spending, not what your mind thinks you are spending when you are stressed about time.1

The insight that you gain from this activity will help you objectively see whether your brain jumped to conclusions based on your emotions about feeling overworked versus what actually might be true. And with this clarity about your time you can help yourself fend off unnecessary stress in the future.

 

  1. Boyes, A. – 5 Things to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed by Your Workload

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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