As the worker bees that designers tend to be, they often struggle with the stress that comes with a full workload. They love what they do, and love when new assignments fall into their laps. At least, I have that tendency. I can be a bit of a “yes! I can do that” person. The problem is that saying yes to everything leads to a jam-packed schedule along with the worry of how to get everything done on time.
I’m honestly unable to think of a person who hasn’t struggled with time and stress management, and who hasn’t needed to sit down and figure out a game plan going forward. I, personally, organize with an insane amount of post-it notes, field notes for each project and multiple calendars. While my strategy works OK for me, there’s room for improvement.
I’m halfway through the Stress and Time Management course, and instructor Emily Parks provides some solid time management techniques that I’m going to try. If you’re like me, and would like to hear other ways to tackle a busy schedule, watch the first lesson from the course below.
Time Management Techniques: Planning Your Week
This clip is the starting point to the course. She covers in detail different organization methods, productivity and workspace strategies, task management, email management and even life organization. For example, one tip I gleaned from her course was to merge my personal and work calendars into one. And because I’m type-obsessed, I migrated everything onto my Just Type calendar, which gives me interesting tidbits of design history. She also emphasizes having a project folder for each project, which I’m going to add my handy field notes into the project folders.
If you’re struggling with organization, stress and time management, this course will help you get your life on track.
And most importantly, regardless of how you do it, finding the right balance and how to maintain that balance will lead to a healthier you. Stress affects every part of the human body, from short-term effects to long-term damage. Putting your mental and physical health first, and discovering ways to transform a jammed-pack life into a less stressful experience will boost quality of life. Remember: You can’t take care of clients if you don’t take care of yourself first.
Learn more stress and time management techniques by enrolling in the course, Stress and Time Management. If you’re on the in-house manager track, this is one of the requisite courses for the In-House Management Certification.