Time Management Reduces Stress: Drive Anxiety Back

The idea that time management reduces stress is a very basic one.

If we go through the methodology of cause and effect, then the major cause for anxiety would likely be stress, of all shapes and sizes.

It’s true, people who experience stress are typically more likely to develop an anxiety disorder.
I figure that there might be more causes, but most of them are related to stress

Now, although we have established that stress is the main cause for anxiety that fact alone doesn’t tell us much.
You see, anxiety is a very diverse term, referring to phobias, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic attacks and so much more.
As such, overcoming stress isn’t going to be very easy for you, as it can be a symptom and not a cause by itself in specific situations.

For example, if you are having different phobias, a type of situational anxiety, then treating it through stress is going to be impossible – since you react to something in a way that creates stress.
That “something” is the problem, not stress itself.

Even so, stress is still a recurring theme.
As such, while stress isn’t the only cause, it’s definitely the biggest one, and is almost always there either way, be it as a cause or an effect.

This begs the question, how should we go about dealing with stress?
Returning to our cause and effect mindset, we can deduce that stress is purely a sense of us feeling overwhelmed.

By what? Life
Work, family, relationships and failures are a few causes for stress, and covering all of them is going to take a while.

Things that need to be done are overwhelming

So let’s only talk about stuff that needs to get done.
In work we have deadlines, we experience responsibility in our home lives as well.
All of these things put a strain on both the mind and the body, so it would only be logical to avoid them, but how?

Most people come up with excuses, but life doesn’t care about your excuses.
In fact, it will flat-out punish you if you don’t learn to handle your stress – your failures will only continue to pile up if are unable to face them and push through.

Right, so what can you do to properly accomplish your goals? How can you handle so many issues without getting overwhelmed?

What you are lacking in is time.
Wait, let me rephrase that, what you are lacking in is proper time management.

We all have only so much time

You and some of the most successful people in the world are likely pretty different.
They got companies to run, concerts to make and fans to meet, yet somehow they find time to do everything, while you don’t.

Sure, you are likely to put up some argument against that, probably bringing up your entire daily schedule to make a point, yet it still doesn’t cover for this fact one fact:

Despite our differences, whether we are successful, good looking, smart, talented or otherwise, we all have 24 hours a day to live our lives in.

Let that statement sink in for a moment.
Some of us achieve much and some of us achieve very little, and yes, that tends to happen even if the “starting” conditions are the same, so don’t bring up “being born to the right parents” into this.

For those people to accomplish so much as well as to live through the stress to tell about it…
Yeah, I think that they might know something that you don’t.
These are their so-called time management skills.

Now, if you were to search the internet then you would notice how everyone tells practically the same thing – original ideas are a bit of a rarity.
It’s always “daily plan this” and “shift your focus onto that”, it’s really quite redundant.

So instead, I am going to offer you 3 unique ideas that prove beyond doubt that time management reduces stress.
The main point here is that we will be focusing on purely stress-reducing, anxiety-eliminating, time management ideas.

Not sure what I am talking about? Don’t worry – you will.

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1) Be prepared

Back when I was in the military I had very little time to sleep and was forced through a difficult and pointless morning ritual.

Wake up, get dressed, do your bed, wipe every spec of dust everywhere (including the floor), organize your equipment on your “bed” (although I slept on a mattress on the floor, but that’s neither here nor there), and wait dutifully for your commanding officer to check your room.

Did I mention the lack of sleep? Did I mention that we woke up at 5 a.m? Did I mention how utterly pointless this entire procedure was?
Seriously, we had to wipe the windows every day from both inside and out (in the winter!)

I was like a zombie, and all of that stress wasn’t helping my anxiety or depression at all.
My “specialized training” was pretty easy, but I was simply failing to handle the situation.
So eventually I just decided to look for a way to make this somewhat easier on me.

Then it hit me – if I were to go to sleep in my uniform, not only would I wake up without the need to get dressed, but I would also have a much easier time leaving my bed since my uniform will be somewhat warm (It was winter, remember?)

So I did just that, and the results were pretty amazing.
I could get up much easier in the morning, I didn’t have to waste any of my time getting dressed according to dressing code (something which could take about 5 minutes), and I was being much more effective overall.

Five minutes saved are five minutes earned.
My advice to you is to always be prepared, always have your things ready before getting into a task.
This piece of advice actually relates to stress and anxiety as well.

Say you go to work every day and take breakfast with you – in your case, a sandwich.
Now, you could wake up every morning, get your bread, look for the ingredients and pull something half-done together, because you are “in a hurry”.
Or you could put the ingredients on a known shelf beforehand, allowing you to simply put your sandwich together and be done with it.

Sure, you might only save about 3-5 minutes here, but these little things add up, and you might find yourself with an extra hour a day thanks to simply preparing things for long-term uses beforehand.

2) Get good at what you do, even if it might seem mundane

How long do you think would it take you to clean your house, from bottom to top? Probably a lot of time.
How long would it take a cleaning lady to accomplish the same? Probably less, right?

Experience and skill value not only the overall level of your work but also the time that it takes you to get things done.

If you are better at something it will simply come easier to you, leading you to spend less time on it.
So get better at something, even if it takes away time for you, this time will compound itself with some pretty serious interest over time!
I mean, think about it like this:

Say you are a designer, and it takes you about 8 hours to get your stuff done and finish work.
Then you take the time and spend an hour or two learning a certain skill that doesn’t only improve the quality of your work, but helps you work about 15 minutes less every day?

in other words, you will have an extra hour and a half in every 5 days of work a week.

Even if you don’t see the results right now, investing the time and getting better in what you do will only save you time in the long-term.

Having confidence in your skill and ability will do wonders to your feelings of stress, too.
It will be much more difficult for you to get overwhelmed if you know exactly how to approach each and every issue.

3) Differentiate between working and thinking

Most people are at fault for this one.
We tell others that we are busy when in reality we sit down, think, work, think, work, think and work some more.

Why is this a bad pattern? Because we are constricted to one place when we think and we aren’t thinking straight like that.
How can you focus on “thinking” when your mind is in “working” mode? It doesn’t make any sense!

My advice here is pretty simple, take the time to think about whatever it is that you are going to do before actually doing it.
Don’t spend half your time at work thinking and the other half working, at first you need to think and then to act.

So what should you do instead of taking action? Take the time to relax, to be with your family, to do something truly relaxing.

Most workplaces pay you an hourly salary, which is pretty messed up in terms of raw practicality, but taking the time solely to think and then solely to work is really the only way to go.

While you are thinking you should relax and let your thoughts regarding the issue flow freely, and once you are done simply start working and don’t stop.

Not only is this method far less effective, but it’s also not all that good for your brain either.

Plus, taking the time to relax whenever possible is always a good thing.

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Time management reduces stress, but can you afford it?

Now, some of you might come up with an excuse, but I like to think that these methods are unique among the time management community in the sense that they can be automated into your habits much more easily and are very easy to apply.

Most imaginable excuses become pretty invalid by default at this point.

Anyhow, here’s a quick question – Are you lacking in time?

Pretty on-point, so make sure to write your answer down in the comment section below – I read every single of them!

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8 thoughts on “Time Management Reduces Stress: Drive Anxiety Back”

  1. Time pressure is definitely one of the most common causes of anxiety in society today. Getting organised can save you time and reduce pressure, just as you say.

    I loved your idea about sleeping in your uniform – although I do wonder that military types wouldn’t have spotted you looking a bit rumpled at inspection!

    It does show the value of having a routine and making incremental gains here and there – 5 minutes less for that task, 3 minutes less for that one – it soon adds up.

    I certainly organise my breakfast last thing at night before I go to bed. Saves me a few minutes each day – plus I multitask while my porridge is cooking!

    1. Hello Jim, how’s it going?

      Most of our uniforms were pretty rumpled as it is during training.
      Why had uniforms to wear “in-base” and uniforms to wear “outside-of-base”, with only the latter needing to actually be clean.

      Still, it’s great to hear your personal experiences!

      Cheers, Vlad!

  2. Hi Vlad, some great ideas that I will take on board. Because I am in the process of starting a second business while still working 9-5, I try to plan ahead but often feel that I work better as the clock ticks closer to deadline day. Do you have any specific suggestions of dealing with the stress of deadlines. Thanks, Steve

  3. Hi Vlad,
    Excellent article, I was absorbed by the reading!
    Time, this is what I usually need the most:) I always try to do all at once, and I finally end up with half things done and get stress about everything. I will follow your suggestions. I am sure they will help me to de-stress:) As you said, I need to organize things and take the time for each of them. Thank you again for this useful article!

  4. Time management is something extremely important, especially if you have work or studies that takes half of your day. I struggled with time management my entire life, and constant stress and fear of failure always hold me back, however now it’s getting better. I really like few ideas in your article, definitely gonna try them, thanks for sharing.

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