Oftentimes, your work and personal life can collide, causing you to become overwhelmed or even stressed. As a full-time college student with a part-time job, I can quickly become overwhelmed with my day-to-day obligations: balancing my class schedule, watching video lectures, studying, and writing essays with short deadlines – all while also going to work.
However, I’ve learned to manage my time so I’m not so overwhelmed at the end of the day. Here are some tips to help you manage your time better and reduce any unnecessary stress in your life:
- Begin your day with a plan and look ahead to tomorrow so you can be prepared.
- Write down your schedule so you know what you expect to accomplish.
- Keep your e-mails, documents, and calendar organized.
- Don’t procrastinate; start working on tasks and projects as soon as possible.
- Limit your tasks and obligations; it’s okay to say “no” sometimes.
- If you can’t focus, cut out the noise. Working in quiet places makes it easier to concentrate.
- It’s okay to take a break and rest!
Technology can assist you with making some of your daily stressors even more manageable. For instance, you should try to keep your inbox cleared out; prioritize and sort your e-mails into different folders. Delete any unnecessary e-mails to avoid clutter. Technology can also help you plan and schedule your day. For example, if you have a calendar on your computer, you can set up reminders that alert you to upcoming events like Taco Tuesday or Thursday’s soccer practice. Smartphones offer downloadable apps with alarms that you can set as special reminders as well.
This blog could go on forever if I listed all the different ways technology can help simplify your life. Just remember these tips if you begin to feel overwhelmed. Don’t forget to utilize whatever technology you have at your fingertips and take control of the stress in your life. Do you have any other advice for maintaining a healthy work-life balance? I’d love to try them out, please leave a comment below!