Lesson 1: The Stress / Time Connection
Ever notice how the more stressed-out you get, the less resourceful you become?
- It seems like you get stupid.
- You forget things.
- You're careless.
- You overlook problems you'd normally spot in an instant.
- You lose focus. Instead of finishing one thing, you start three.
- Eventually, you crash.
Result: A project you'd normally finish easily in an hour takes two. Even worse — you never finish it at all. Instead, you spin out of control, getting even more and more frustrated. Is it time management issue? Nope.
Bottom line: People around you start to think you're a bozo. You start to believe they're right. The worse things get, the worse you feel. Ultimately, you exhaust yourself.
Solution: Time management? Don't think so. What you need is to manage your energy. (It's the best way I know of to resolve stress — for good!)
"Exhaustion comes from the root word for 'empty.' It means 'to consume entirely.' You're spent. Your energy is used up. When your energy is too low, there isn't a time management technique in the world that'll bring you up to speed. At that moment, it's recharge or die."
— Manage Your Energy
(Let time take care of itself)