Better Time Management Is Needed to Reduce Stress – Truth or Myth?

How often did you think to yourself “If only there were more hours in the day”, or “I’m running out of time”, or “I ran out of time”?

These are dangerous thoughts to have and ones that can be detrimental to your health.

The truth is Time Management has never lived up to its expectations. There was a period when time management was the buzz word and everyone rushed out to sign up for workshops. The expectation was that because you managed your time, you were going to be more productive. Streamlining your daily activities into little ‘A’, ‘B’, or ‘C’ piles seemed to be the logical thing to do. If you were lucky, you were successful for about a week. And, then slowly, bit by bit, it eroded into something even more distasteful.

Here’s a typical example of what happens.

The harried executive rushes off from the office so he can go to his son’s game. Once at the game, he sits there and busily uses his cell phone or his iPad. He ends up missing his son scoring a goal, or making a touchdown, or shooting a hoop. He was physically there, but not mentally.

He may have managed his time, but certainly not his energy. Is this effective time management? You become more efficient in one area of your life to the detriment of another?

The truth of the matter is… if you want to successfully manage your time, you must first be able to manage your energy. In other words, it’s really about Energy Management.

What’s that?

Energy Management takes you from being present at your son’s game, for instance, to being engaged. For, when you bring your full energy to the Here and Now… well, that’s engagement.

How Do You Do That?

The easiest way to do that is to learn how to still your mind so that it’s not always racing from here to there. So, that it doesn’t leave you feeling frantic and rushed all the time.

Meditation is the absolute best, most effective way to raise your threshold for stress. It not only increases your creativity, but it elevates your productivity level as well.

People who meditate are known to have sharper minds, and better problem-solving abilities. You will also have better human relationships, more friends and generally feel more fulfilled because you are using your whole brain instead of using one side at a time like you usually do. It’s like thinking in stereo.

It gives you a new, fresh perspective – a view from a higher spot on the mountain. And, really, you can’t beat those views!

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