July 10, 2014

Stress and Time Management

Stress and Time Management, Ain't nobody got time for that

I can't remember (and am too lazy to go back and look) if I have mentioned that I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in English. As part of my Psychology 101 mid-term, we were to write a four page paper (half a page per chapter) on stress and what we learned from the first eight chapters to help us manage it better. Ok, I'm not claiming to be an expert, but this introductory Psychology class has made me realize some truths about myself that I had speculated on, but hadn't fully accepted. And one of those things I have been in denial about for the past ten or so years.

I suck at time management. 

There, I said it.

Apparently, I was just riding the Denial Bus thinking I am amazing at managing my time (and stress).  When it comes to getting things done in my personal life I can't balance the things I'm supposed to do in my free time (reading, blog stuff, Netflix) with chores and school work. Hubs hates it because I sometimes forget to do or don't get to things he's asked me to do. And it's become a huge point of stress for me since I often times don't get all the things on my to-do list done.

What did I learn from writing the paper?

Schedule out study time. Detailing each day down to the subject and/or assignments I am working to complete and break times. Having a set routine each day helps your mind and body slide into each section of your day more smoothly. I can do this. It's the sticking to the scheduled plan that gets me every time. Also, being the the right environment to study (or work) is crucial to productivity. Decrease distractions and experiment with your surroundings to find what works best for you.

A lot of my stress comes from what I, or society, perceive to be stressful or uncomfortable. I found that I can change my perception of a task, setting, or activity when I actively change my own mindset about it.

Well how do I form a new habit like that?

Knowing that reactions and habits can be learned, means they can also be unlearned or altered. By taking the necessary steps (1. Specify your target behavior. 2. Gather baseline data. 3. Design a program. 4. Execute your program) to make a plan of change, you can alter almost any habit or reaction. Once the new habit is established, stress around your old habit will diminish. Nothing happens overnight and this is totally easier said than done.

Ok. That is a lot of information. Trust me, I know, but this is only skimming the surface of Psychology and that scares the shit out of me. I have so far to go.

You nailed Albert.

How do you manage your time and stress? I can use all the tips I can get.


  1. Wow. That goes perfect with our texting convo last night! I don't know how I do it. I try to schedule things and keep a calendar but a lot of times I fail at that. I write them down but I forget to look at them. My oven and dryer need to be looked at and I've been meaning to call the insurance company all week and I still haven't. Today, maybe! :)}

  2. I can be bad at time management too. I just get so distracted and skip around so much. One tip I heard to keep on task cleaning is to shut the door of the room you want to clean and place a box by the door. That way, you're not walking in and out constantly to put something away, then getting sucked into a task somewhere else in the house. Otherwise, in general, I live by my planner. If I wrote it down, then I have to do it, right?

  3. Time management is something I've always struggled with. Some people think I'm crazy for seriously not being able to get by without my planner but it helps me stay on track with what I need to do.

  4. I make a lot of lists and use a planner. I don't let myself turn on the computer or the TV unless I get the things done I needed to get done that are less fun!! (Sometimes I am better about that rule than others....but if I have something really important to do, I follow it ) :)

  5. I put everything on my phone calendar and schedule alarms to go with stuff that needs to be done. I put alarms for when I need to leave the house and everything cause with kids, I've lost my ability to be early to anything other than work!

    As far as stress... I run. It helps me. I haven't been in way too long, and I can feel myself tensing up!

  6. You know what, you are learning. You're figuring out what you have to do and how to better manage and that's great! (The figuring it out just sucks is all.) I am a huge list maker and write EVERYTHING down (because I WILL forget it if I don't). My planner (I have one that is both blog and personal combined) is my LIFE. I agree with Melissa too- I set alarms for reminders too and that helps. As for the stress part? VODKA.

  7. I am horrible at both so I'm not of any help to you. I really hate time management. Like walking up every day at the same time and going to a job is soul killing to me and really stresses me out. I work best when I'm just on my own schedule. I'll have a list of things I want to get down for the day and I will get everything done when the time feels right.


  8. Maaann time management is a nightmare. The only way I am able to keep up with everything is to write a list, put each task into a category, and then prioritize the categories, then each task within the category. It sounds like a lot - but it works...most of the time LOL


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