If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed because your to do list is too long, you don’t have enough time to get it all done, and at the end of the day no matter how much you’ve completed you feel unproductive and unfilled… this post is for you.
Here are 3 things that help me prioritize my priorities so I can stay focused and calm even during very stressful circumstances.
Get you a piece of paper and a pen…
On one piece of paper at the top write Things to do! Write it down because you trying to keep it in your head is 1 reason you feel so overwhelmed.
Next to each task write 1-4 to give each a level of priority!
1 – Important & Urgent
2 – Important & Not Urgent
3 – Not Important & Urgent
4 – Not Important & Not Urgent
Now that you’ve identified what’s an important and urgent priority this will help you break your larger tasks into smaller tasks so they don’t seem overwhelming, and will prevent you from forgetting any of the steps.
Add everything with the number 1 to your calendar first! Then fill in your calendar with the tasks that have numbers 2, 3, and then think about those 4s! Often times I can remove them completely, but sometimes I am able to delegate those to other people.
End your stress relief session with a short note congratulating yourself on organizing your thoughts and speaking to how you’ll feel once you complete the items on your to do list! (This will help you feel more productive and more fulfilled at the end of each day!)
I promise you this works because the key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities! Overcoming the time management struggle starts with identifying what matters MOST!
Getting a clear understanding of what your priorities are is Step 1 because EVERYTHING ISN’T A PRIORITY!
After you’ve identified your priorities you can set goals to support them! (Them = your priorities) Once you set your goals it then shifts from being able to manage your time to managing your action/behavior throughout the day, the week, the month, & the year to reach your goals and to keep your priorities in order!
Your Stress Management Coach,