University Counseling Center
227 Elkins Hall, 448-4080
It is unrealistic to think that you can remain completely stress-free while finding the time and energy to maintain your responsibilities at home, at work, in school, and at play. However, you can enhance your ability to keep track of your time and your goals, thus reducing your overall levels of stress. By raising your awareness for how you spend your time and energy, you put yourself in a position to better understand the patterns (positive and negative) that impact your overall wellbeing and sense of success. However, raising awareness and increasing understanding are not sufficient means of addressing complex or long-standing sources of distress. In extreme cases, you may decide to ask for the assistance of a professional counselor who has experience in working with individuals who wish to improve their self-management. You may be able to reduce stress by getting organized, enhancing motivation, and getting mobilized. The following suggestions may be useful for helping you to get started on a path of improved management of your time and efforts. Or, you may decide to contact a professional counselor who can serve as a personal coach to assist you in improving your circumstances. Either way, striving to reduce stress and improve wellbeing is a goal that can be realized through effective self-management.
- Suggestions for Improving Self-Management
- Begin by maintaining a journal to determine how your time and energy is spent during a given day.
- Decide upon the areas of your life require improvement with regard to time management. Some areas of your life will require more attention at any given time. You may feel less pressure to manage your responsibilities if you accept that you will have to make sacrifices in some areas as you achieve your goals in others.
- Get organized by keeping a current calendar or planner. Enter important dates and deadlines on your calendar.
- Set daily and weekly goals for progressing through your commitments, requirements, and obligations.
- Avoid procrastination by keeping up with assignments.
- Avoid having to cram for a test at the last minute.
- Maintain a To Do list and draw a line through tasks as you accomplish them. This helps you to see progress in addition to helping you to stay focused on the tasks at hand.
- Reward yourself as you accomplish your goals.