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  • Are you constantly finding yourself behind at work or school?

  • Do you arrive at the end of day and realize you've accomplished nothing on your to-do list?

  • Well, odds are you are not very good at time management, and that is not doing your psychological health any favors.

  • In fact, a study published in work and stress found that workers who didn't productively manage their time felt less in control of their lives.

  • Here's the good news: you can get better.

  • Paying attention to how you spend your time will help you manage it more effectively.

  • We're gonna help you learn how to do just that.

  • Today on Wellcast, we're gonna get you in control of your day with our RAC methods.

  • Recording, analyzing and changing, three easy steps to great time management.

  • Pause! And print a copy of our handy WellCast's day planner!

  • Finished printing? Let's dive in!

  • Step one: recording.

  • When you wake up tomorrow, note the time in your day planner.

  • As the day progresses, write down everything that you do.

  • Yes, we mean "everything."

  • The ten minutes you spend getting dressed, a half day of productive work, the hours you spend between social networking sites, we mean it all.

  • Keep this up from the time you wake up until you go to sleep.

  • Step two: analyzing.

  • At the end of the day, go through this schedule and highlight any chunks of time that you don't feel were used productively.

  • Pick up your five biggest time wasters in your day.

  • Be honest with yourself.

  • You spent a half an hour by the coffee machine talking to your coworker, you spent an hour on Facebook, and you stared into space for 20 minutes.

  • Come on, you get the picture.

  • Especially focus on the time wasters at work.

  • Why?

  • A study published by the British medical journal says that workplace stress is minimized by effective time management.

  • It also says that workplace stress bleeds over into home life and undermines relax life at home.

  • Here's the ugly part: add up all the time you wasted.

  • How much productive time did you blow on activities that got you no results?

  • Step three: changing.

  • Now it's time to come up with a way to get that time back.

  • Your three ways to change your time wasting habits and become a better time manager.

  • Prioritize.

  • To-do lists are a really effective way to manage your time and your priorities.

  • Limit the number of tasks you have on this list to five, and assign rankings to them in order of importance.

  • Declutter.

  • Not only is decluttering great for your health, but you won't waste time digging around piles of stuff to find that one piece of paper that you really need.

  • Check out our WellCast on clutter for some helpful tips on lightening your load.

  • Schedule.

  • Hey, we all try to kill two birds with one stone.

  • But odds are multitasking were actually just stress you out and delay you even more.

  • Instead, set aside blocks of time for individual activities.

  • For each activity, set start and stop points.

  • This way your day is cleanly segmented then stick to this schedule.

  • Try going one week using these tips to reduce your wasted time.

  • At the end of the week, go figure out where you've improved your time management skills and how much time you've saved.

  • Let's recap!

  • Today you learned how to manage your time better by using our WellCast RAC method.

  • You recorded, analyzed and hopefully change how you use your time.

  • You did this by learning how to prioritize your most important tasks.

  • Declutter your workplace to save your time.

  • And you learn how to build yourself an effective schedule to block out your day.

  • Hey, how do RAC work for you?

  • We want to hear how much time you were wasting and how much you saving now.

  • Twitter at watchWellCast, email us at, or leave a comment down below.

  • We'll see you next time!

Are you constantly finding yourself behind at work or school?

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How to Manage Your Time Better

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    Gisele Sung posted on 2020/10/25
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