Is excess stress affecting your experience of time?
Sure, time management can be stressful for working parents. But when we’re operating under the influence chronic excess stress, any challenging experience can seem more difficult and negative. If you can learn how to understand, address and recover from excess stress, you may feel less time-stressed, even if your time demands don’t change very much. For more information on how to assess and address your excess stress, click here.
Are you creating stress for yourself by how you think about time and how you manage it?
• Might your goals and expectations for time management be unrealistic?
• Are you creating distress comparing yourself to other people who appear to be better time managers than you?
• Are you a perfectionist about time? If you create a list of ten things to accomplish on a weekend, and get nine of them done, that’s pretty good. But if you’re a perfectionist you might still feel it’s not good enough!
Is your experience of time affected by differing cultural norms and expectations?
Various cultures have different expectations around time. This can happen between different ethnic cultures, but also different workplaces and different families. If your time issues are affected by cultural expectations, is there any way you can address that?
Can you compartmentalize your challenges around time?
Take a look your biggest challenges around time. Which parts can you control and which ones are beyond your control? Try to devote your energy to influencing the areas you have control over.