In today’s fast-paced world, managing one’s time effectively and dealing with multiple challenges at the same time is often more stressful than the actual cause of stress. We, therefore, need to learn how to maintain a balance and not let work-related stress affect our personal lives. Here are some steps to stay organised across all spheres of life.
Plan: The first point to keep in mind is to plan well in advance. This planning should include specific targets, how they need to be accomplished, and what resources would be the prerequisites for achieving them.
Prepare: Preparing oneself for the task is equally important. As we make a plan, it is important to be physically as well as mentally geared up for the task ahead of us. This could also involve doing some preparatory research, and ensuring we do not get flustered at the last minute.
Prioritise: There will inevitably be times when you have too many things to be done. Rather than getting flustered, reorder the priorities in your head, striking off the less important or urgent ones and focusing on the present instead. At times like this, it’s important to take a step back and introspect on the reasons of our actions and why we want to achieve what we’ve wanted to.
Be reasonable: A common mistake we tend to make when planning our work is to be excessively unreasonable with ourselves, setting too high a target which is not achievable. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind the various extraneous factors that are not within our control when we sit down to organising ourselves.
Organise all aspects: Remember, organising oneself should not be restricted to simply work or academics, but should also be ensured across all other aspects of life including one’s personal functioning. Therefore, these skills need to be spilling over across these spheres, which is the only way to ensure a smooth sailing.
(The author is director, mental health and behavioural sciences, Fortis Healthcare )