Time Management & Job Stress

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  • 0:02 Time Is the Enemy
  • 0:50 Impact of Stress
  • 2:24 Dealing with Time
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Instructor: Rob Wengrzyn

Rob has an MBA in management, a BS in marketing, and is a doctoral candidate in organizational theory and design.

Time management is something we all deal with as our lives get more hectic. In this lesson, we will address time management and the stress it can put on an individual in the workplace.

Time Is the Enemy

One way or another, at our jobs, we all have some degree of stress. The challenge for many of us is trying to understand the source of that stress. While certain aspects of our jobs could have stressful parts associated with them, one of the major contributors to job stress is time management. You see, many of us try to get more done in a day than is physically possible.

However, in some cases, not accomplishing everything we want to is a matter of inefficient time management. It is generally understood that time management is the manner in which we plan and execute the tasks of our day. These can be specific job activities, life activities or anything combined to make our lives more effective and more efficient; in the end, make us more productive. So, let us take a look at some of the aspects of time management in the workplace.

Impact of Stress

The impact of time management and stress as they relate to the job you do are well documented. Stress can cause anxiety, fatigue, physical ailments, emotional issues and, in some cases, even behavioral changes. In the past, you may have noticed that you aren't sleeping well, that you're unable to eat or that you're drinking more and more caffeine just to get through a day.

The effects that stress has on the body are different for each person, but it's important to be able to identify the effect stress has on you. This will enable you to realize you are stressed and hopefully come up with a means of stopping or dealing with the issue. Some of the effects stress can have on a person are:

  1. Physical: Stress can cause physical issues with your body, such as headaches, muscle tension, fatigue, change in eating habits and even loss of sleep.
  2. Mood: Your mood can be impacted by stress as well. People will start to have moods that are driven by anxiety. They might become less motivated to do work, get angry quickly or be short tempered and possibly fall into sadness or depression.
  3. Behavior: Individuals might start to not eat as much, yell at or become irritated with individuals more quickly and even turn to alcohol or drugs to deal with the issue.

These symptoms, or really, these signs, are indications that you're getting stressed. Of course, this can be caused by many things in our daily lives; however, in this case, we are looking at stress due to the fact that you cannot manage your time and get everything done at work. The trick is to recognize the signs and come up with solutions that make you more effective in your time management.

Dealing With Time

There are many things an individual can do to help manage their time better at the office. Before we look into the impact of stress on the individual at the job, first let us take a look at some of the things we can do to help us with our time management.

Setting Priorities and Goals

It's amazing how many people do not start their day by planning their day. Setting priorities and goals means to look at the tasks that we need to get done in a given day and to give each task a priority and understand what the goals are that we're trying to accomplish. You see, part of the problem is not all the work that needs to get done, but understanding what you can get done in a day. If you take the time to set priorities and understand the time allotted to each task, you will have a much better grasp of time management.

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