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Each year we see the most stressful jobs ranking and Meeting Professional consistently makes the Top 10 list. Here are some of my favourite time management strategies that can at least prevent self-inflicted stress!

  1. If you are like me, there is something on your ‘to do’ list that you keep skipping over in order to do the more “enjoyable” tasks. Chances are you are procrastinating about this one task right now.  No matter how loathsome this job is, just start the process. Before long momentum kicks in and you will be racing towards the “pleasant” tasks.
  2. If it will take you two minutes to complete, do it now! There are several productivity experts that refer to this strategy. The rationale is why should you continue taking up space in your brain to keep on remembering this task that needs to be completed when it can be accomplished in two minutes. Get it done and move on!
  3. Create folders or categories for your email Inbox. An overflowing e-mail inbox is stressful! If there are emails that you need to refer back to, file them where you can find them at a later time. An inbox with just a few actionable emails will give you peace of mind. If your inbox is still full with actionable items refer back to #2.
  4. Further to #3 if you have a cluttered workspace this also increases your stress levels on a subconscious level. If there are pieces of paper on your desk that you need to take care of refer back to #2 again. If there is something on your desk that you haven’t referred to or used in a year, get rid of it.
  5. Don’t answer every single email the moment it comes in. If you are doing this, you are distracting yourself from perhaps some higher level tasks that require more of your time. Give yourself 2 or 3 designated times per day to answer your e-mails. Remember to refer back to points #2 and #3 when deciding how to handle your Inbox!
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