How to Manage Your Time & Behavior to Better Manage Stress

Pressures and stress are what we usually suffer from when we fail to complete a workload at the scheduled time.  Imagine those piles of reports and heap of activities welcoming you each morning at your office table.  And when the day ends, you are still undone with them.

Stress is a normal event in the regular routine of responsibilities.  Although this is an unavoidable part of the daily life, we can develop systems and methods to reduce stress and create a more relaxed atmosphere.

Proper time management, this is the most essential cleverness that an eventful person should master.  It would not only facilitate the right scheduling of tasks to reduce stress but it would also provide extra time to spend for the family and friends.

To improve your time management, study the following concept:

* Proper focus, concentration, delegation of duties, and right time scheduling will save your time.

* Make a journal of your daily schedule starting from your morning habits, to your work routine, to your personal interactions, and to your leisure activities.

* Analyze what is important in your daily task and prioritize those that need an urgent attention.

* Make the most important and focal tasks your basis for commitments.

* Organize your projects by splitting the bigger project into smaller ones and set a quick-fix limit.

* Avoid inconsistency and conflict among job and beliefs by considering your values in life.

Develop a system that would help you cope from stress.  Strategies and other alternatives would be useful to help you cope up from any stress.  The best way to develop a system for coping strategies is by recording the stress and by noting down every detail of stressful events, your response to it, and what you did to cope up from it.  Using these data, you can make an adjustment on the strategies and improve those that were helpful.

Behavior, lifestyle, and discipline are among the factors that influence the degree and reduction of stress.  To better improve yourself when coping with stress, try the following guidelines:

* Balance your time for work, family obligations, and personal affairs.

* Make your life purposeful.

* Give yourself a good recovery from stress by sleeping soundly.

* Healthy and nourished body can fight stress naturally so make sure you eat a healthy and balanced diet.

* A regular exercise will help condition your body, as well as your mental aspects.

* Alcoholic drinks will further increase your stress so try to reduce intake of it.

* Avoid first hand and second hand smoke.

Another factor that affects the reduction of stress is the social support you receive from family, friends, and the community.  The thought that there are people who love you and care for you encourages you to become stress tolerant and flexible.  Social support also develops your self-esteem and improves your mental, emotional, and physical health.

Stressful events can spark off destructive thoughts such as fear, insecurity, anxiety, depression, rage, guilt, and a sense of worthlessness or powerlessness. This is how negative thoughts affect your emotions and eventually initiate body’s stress.  It will be an advantage in favor of you if you will learn how to deal your negative thoughts.  Once you know how to deal those thoughts, you will no longer be affected by stressful events.  Here are some of the guidelines to help you deal with your negative and destructive thoughts:

* Stop yourself from thinking negative thoughts and help eliminate stress.

* Forbid yourself from over-reacting to stressful events and disregard irrational thoughts.  Overstatement of negative thoughts, expectations of worst events, and misinterpretation of incidence should be avoided to shun the occurrence of stress.

* Get to the bottom of the problem and distinguish the details of stressful events.  Once you classified certain stress you can make an action to deal with it.

* Make yourself clear when corresponding to others so that your opinions would sound as simple and plain as possible.  This way your subordinates would not feel intimidated or confused and the development of stress for you and for others would be reduced.

Every one of us shares our own experiences of stress in our daily struggles and responsibilities.  No matter how great your tasks are or how plain your duties are, each and every individual would not want having stress as something that further harden the workload.  Time management, proper behavior and lifestyles, and optimism are the most vital system we can ever construct to take away stress and bring about a more relaxed environment.


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    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    Nice post reed. This is a must for people who are sitting in their home and working.

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  • Anna Kindler

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    Hey Reed, I have learned over the years to control stress in my peraonal and business life. I plan my day and focus on that plan. Sure things always come up, but I have found that just take them, one stress at a time and deal with it. Stress is only as big as you make it. We all need to learn that stress is always going to be there, but we need to learn how to deal with it. Put the stress factor into your plan for the day and just say “bring it on” I’m ready. Anyway that is how I handle it. Goodness! I didn’t mean to preach. Thanks Anna

  • east4u

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    Hi reed That is werry much to think of but most of it we have in ouer genes i hope and maby we have to sometime help ouer friends and maby tell him or her.example If you want me to read your mail I expect you to read my mail also
    That is something i can get alittle upset sometimes .I thank you all and a Merry Christmas its monday morning now in sweden
    god jul as we say and a happy new year! och gott nytt År .From East4u

  • Ari Lestariono

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    Stress occur when we fail to execute what was plan, and to be honest we don’t have to get stressed, since we are not God, we can only plan, and during the process time something in between might happen and all we have to do is just redirect the whole thing and make it back to the original course, if you watch a movie ” Chaos”, starr by Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes, I am pretty sure you know what I mean

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  • Nickolove Lovemore

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    Hi Reed,

    Some great tips on stress management. Everyone has different thresholds when it comes to stress but without a doubt the current economic crisis is placing a heavy burden on some individuals. So it is vitally important that people learn and apply stress management techniques in their lives.

    Some time ago I wrote an article on this subject called “Boost Energy Levels and Reduce Stress Levels by Giving Your Life the Room 101 Treatment”. In this article I outline 3 Ds that you can apply to help better manage negative stress in your life.

    You can listen to the article by clicking the AudioPostcard link below:

    Boost Energy and Reduce Stress Levels

    Best wishes


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  • Peter

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    Hallo Reed,
    Stress does not occur if yourself does not expecting something and You MUST have always a plan b since Murphy is everywhere. We all are depending on influences which we may turn to the best but nearly 85% are made by ourself. We survive and after any positive or negative experiences we smile.
    Always think positive and don’t expect something, Stress is in no way something to consider.
    To all who have stress to celebrate the best Christmas ever, may God bless you.

  • Marianne

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    Nice post and one that really hits home for holidays. I’ve stumbled it for later reference.

    Thanks and happy and HOLY Holidays!

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  • Slavica Todorovic

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    “The thought that there are people who love you and care for you encourages you to become stress tolerant and flexible. Social support also develops your self-esteem and improves your mental, emotional, and physical health.”

    I consider social support very important and a lack of it to be one of the main reasons many people experience and fail to advance and being successful.
    Human isolation,solitude,lack of family and close friends supports, make that many can’t find an *output* from magic circle they reside.
    Unemployment or bad financial situation get people being at nonplus.

    I understand advices you have shared here,importance of positive Mental attitude, ablation of negative thoughts and the rest you mentioned above.If you in your country have good Social serves to be of help to all people in need ,then and only then every one can foment hope of getting some real results.

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  • Andre Arnett

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    I think you have really hit a home run with this post Reed. I think we all have our stressful situations and how we handle them can really make a difference with how we control our lives.

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  • Dave

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    Hi Reed

    Great article. I’m just too busy right now to do anything about it.
    Christmas Christmas Christmas
    Actually I am planning on taking some time between Christmas and New Years to do just that, I have some time off and that is one of my goals to put some of your ides into practice.

    If you are looking for some ideas for you time relaxing outdoors (but not right now in my backyard there is a foot of snow) though this is the time to do some thinking and planning checkout my blog .


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  • Pat Gunning

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    With an economy in th tank this is great advice for everyone. You have enough worries so now is the time to get your business rolling to ease some of them but do it without adding to your stress load!

    Look for free and responsive advertising to help with the stress relief!

  • Gamini

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    Hi Reed,
    Useful article.But i failed to see an important technoque there.A great stress reliever is Meditation.Irrespective of ones faith this can be practiced by all.Primariy it has nothing to do with religion though some try to attach a religious signficance.Though I have no first hand experiance there are many who believe yoga is yet another.

  • Joyce A. Anthony

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    Great article!! Especially good for parents and those who work from home. This time of year can be so frustrating! Thanks, Reed!

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  • Ron Berry

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    I agree totally.

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  • Timothy Aaron Whiston

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    Killer article dude. You really covered a lot of good tactics for coping with stress.

    And good point about stress being a natural process; it’s not ALL bad. We in fact need a healthy amount of stress or our life gets really dull quickly.

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  • subroto

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    Reed – Stress is seen when we cannot reach
    to complete any work and failure occurs. Your
    strategies to protect one from stress are
    as good as you. All your articles in some
    way or other beneficial to readers to full
    extent. This one is also a very good article
    and everyone facing much stress should read it.

    Subroto Chakravarty

  • Percival

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    Stress comes when one tries to accomplish a task that is important and URGENT. When this happens, one is always is a crisis situation.

    Make it habit to avoid this. Perform your tasks when you find them important but not urgent. That means do not wait for the eleventh hour before you do them. Do them way ahead of time as close to the time when you receive the assignment. That way you give yourself enough time, doing them in a more relaxed manner.

  • Luca

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    great post.
    Staying focused is very difficult while working in the Internet Markeing world. There’s always something to distract you.

    It can be stressful because at the end of the day you have not accomplished much. Make a list and prioritize it and try to stick to it. Check your email only at predefined times or you’ll get distracted again.

    The more you get done from your list the less stressed you’ll feel at the end of the day.

  • Shawn Horwood

    Reply Reply December 23, 2008

    Great post Reed.
    Stress is a big issue, especially with today’s economy, so this is a great topic to post about and you have some great points here. I have already been doing some of these things, and they do work. Again, great post and I agree completely.
    Shawn Horwood

  • Lyndall

    Reply Reply December 23, 2008

    Interesting and useful ideas here Reed. I use to work in a high stress, high-powered job adn many of your techniques really helped to reduce the load. Last year I travelled in Africa and saw people living lives that should REALLY make them stressed. And I saw them living these lives with a smile. And that makes me ask myself, what do I really have to be stressed about?

    I have a very powerful image in my head, now and forever, of a homeless boy in Addis Ababa, probably about 11 years old, sitting in the dawn light beside a small fire that was burning street rubbish. He was sitting outside a church where people walked past him without a second glance. He had no shoes and the autum air was chill. He had tear tracks through the dirt in his face. But he also had the biggest smile as he warmed his hands.

    I don’t think it’s about not knowing anything different – I think it’s about attitude. The one thing in your life, no matter the situation, that you can choose, is your attitude. You may not be able to choose what happens to you but you can choose how to react to it. For now and for always I remember a nameless child and choose the positive, and smile.

    Thanks Reed


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  • normz2

    Reply Reply December 23, 2008

    Good Post. One usually does not think about the stress factor. By proper planning one can reduce stress. Some stress can be good to make you more effective.

  • Geoff Dodd

    Reply Reply December 23, 2008

    Reed, as a full time Affiliate Marketer I find that stress arises from the frustration of constantly checking my affiliate sales results! Instead I ought to be planning and looking at the Big Picture: Developments with Social Bookmarking and networks, with SEO and getting expert training. I heard that stress sometimes means you are STRETCHING and Expanding to cope with more stuff. You adapt the hard way when stressed, instead of getting extra affiliate education and more advanced KNOW HOW.. try StomperNet my buddies. Simpleology is useful for daily task planning. These will reduce stress.

    Geoff Dodd

  • Zammy Acher

    Reply Reply December 23, 2008

    Well written Reed, we all need to be reminded. Thank you again

  • Al Sinden

    Reply Reply December 23, 2008

    Good points, and worth sharing. Thanks, Reed!

  • Cyril Yearwood

    Reply Reply December 26, 2008

    Hi Reed, your article is timely especially with the current economic situation as it is.As a youngster growing up I use to worry a lot to point that I developed a Peptic Ulcer. Soon after I took a Dale Carnegie course and applied the principles to my life and I am now able to cope with any situation that arise. When faced with any problem, list all the possible solutions and apply the one that best suit.

  • Melody Baker

    Reply Reply January 1, 2009

    Great Plan, except I do not drink, Clean and Sober almost 19 yrs, on the 12th this month, am not able to get a lot of sleep, because of my roommates, my eating is shot, and forget being able to schedule anything. Got any other idease

  • Cheree

    Reply Reply January 1, 2009

    Hey, Reed,

    Definitely one of the best ways I’ve found to manage my time and stress level is to use a very simple word: “No!” Sometimes we take on so much and end up stressing ourselves out and not accomplishing anything particularly well. Usually almost all of these activities are worthwhile, we just can’t possibly do them all.

    Happy New Year!

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  • Darren Harris

    Reply Reply January 3, 2009

    Hi – Another excellent post !! useful info again – Thank you

  • Exercising is a great way to take away stress and rejuvenate our mind.

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