So much of our stress comes less from what we have to do (although plenty indeed comes from that), and more from the time we have to accomplish it.
Getting the kids up and to school in the morning. Trying to finish a project by the deadline at the end of this week. Having to cook dinner for the kids before taking them to practice for their sport or after-school activity of choice. Whatever it is, you can be sure that time is an important factor in creating stress.
We here at Time Timer know all about the various ways that time can plague you. What we want to do is offer you some time management tips so that you will be a friend to time, or even just keep it off the forefront of your mind so that you can concentrate on what really matters in the moment.
Our tips will, naturally, include our Time Timer, which has been found to be enormously helpful in allowing people to reduce their time-related stress during tasks, even very time-dependent ones like test-taking.
Use the Time Timer to Make Stressful Time-Dependent Tasks a Fun Challenge
We mentioned getting kids up and out of the door by a certain time. You may know that when kids are tired and have to go somewhere they may not want to, such as a school, then they can move at a lazy pace. Their leisurely movement through a time-crunched morning can cause you a lot of issues.
Something you can do for yourself in this instance is to bring out a Time Timer, preferably a larger one that can be made very visible to everyone in a room like, say, your kitchen during breakfast. Set the time for as long as you think it ought to, and tell your kids that whoever can finish their meal, get dressed, and be ready to go by the time the red dial is down to white, “wins” the game.
If someone asks what the prize will be, you will perhaps need to get creative and offer one. Or, keep a tally: Whoever is ready first before the red dial’s disappearance gets a point, and the person with the most points at the end of, say, a week, or a month, gets a prize.
Give Yourself a Time Limit for Certain Tasks to Make Them Less Stressful
Some tasks may not involve a terrible amount of mental concentration, but more of your physical presence and an awareness of time passing. An example would be microwaving.
Others require a whole lot of mental concentration, in addition to those other things. An example would be cooking a soufflé.
Whatever the level of mental concentration required, the time element can certainly be a stress-creator. What you ought to do to take away the stress is simply pull out your Time Timer, and set the time for, say, beating the egg whites of a soufflé for two minutes straight so that they become just the right amount of stiff for putting into the oven.
Regain Time-Saving Focus Through a Quick Meditation with the Time Timer
Meditation has been shown to reduce stress in people, and our Time Timers can be great aids in helping you meditate. Just set the sound alarm on the Time Timer for however long you desire, sit down, and breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out. Feeling better yet?
A well-placed meditation can increase your focus and energy, even if it just lasts five minutes. This can be especially helpful when you are already in the middle of a task that is stressing you out, and you find yourself taking longer than you should because of that stress. Sacrificing five, or even just two or three minutes, to meditation can end up helping you regain focus which ends up saving you way more than five minutes in the performance of your task.
Manage Your Time with Time Timer!
Looking for a great device to manage time at home, in the office, the classroom, or elsewhere? Be sure to check out our assortment of Time Timer products so that you can find the time-management tool that is right for you, and make the best and most efficient use of your time!
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