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Time Management Stress


Time is allocated as 24 hours every day to all persons no more, no less. Yet how often we hear, and “I don't have enough time." Experts on time management claim that top executives spend 90 percent of their time on trivia and ten percent on creative work. To put it another way, they are too busy to be efficient. If that has a familiar ring, you have already identified a time problem indicator. Time is not the problem, but rather how you use it.

Q: What are your feelings about working under pressure?
A: Almost everyone thinks he works best under pressure. We wait, delay, procrastinate- until the pressure forces us into action. The problem may be really deeper-a lack of internal motivation to get the job done, especially the unpleasant job.

Establish deadlines for intermediate progress points. Try to set self-imposed deadlines for short-term activities which can be completed in a week or less.

Focus attention on the smaller, individual activities. By concentrating on the smaller, bite-sized pieces, you can overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed by the entire task.

Control interruptions. This final suggestion may be the most important of all. Complex projects, by their .very nature, require a manager's undivided attention in order to make progress on them.

Determine a realistic time commitment per week. It is very helpful to specify in advance the amount of time per week you are going to allocate for a special project.