Top 7 Reasons Why Poor Time Management Impacts Your Self-Esteem
By Susan Cullen
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We all want to keep up. With todayís current unemployment rate, you especially want to hold onto your job. However, when so many companies are downsizing, those employees who remain are left to pick up the slack of the ones that are gone. This adds additional stress because the workload consistently gets heavier. All of this can take a very real toll on your self-esteem. You may not have recognized it. You may not have spoken about it. But it can be very real nonetheless. See if you identify with any of the symptoms below:
- Feeling overwhelmed.
Your workload is getting heavier and heavier, but you feel real pressure not to complain. You just grin and bear it and try to get it all done. Itís hard to stay on top of everything, but you think you should and then get frustrated when itís just too hard to keep up.
- You really donít know how you will ever get it all done.
You try as hard as you can. You may create beautifully-planned to-do lists, only to find they just get longer each and every day. By the end of each week, and especially by the end of the month, you may look at those lists in dismay and realize it really isnít humanly possible to get everything done. But you keep trying anyway, feeling like you should be finished, and then feel really bad about yourself because you arenít done.
- Frequent mistakes.
Itís common to make more mistakes when you are rushed and feeling overwhelmed. Then you feel bad because you made those mistakes. You ask yourself ďHow could I be so stupid?Ē Every time it happens again youíre afraid others will notice and it is a poor reflection of your ability to do your job.
When you are already trying as hard as you can and even MORE gets dropped in your lap, you feel ready to bite someoneís head off. When people are late to meetings or wasting your time, you feel mounting pressure because youíve got deadlines to meet. Youíre exhausted and stressed out. Itís easy to be irritable with someone when you feel that way. However, while it may have felt justified in the moment, youíll very likely beat yourself up afterwards because you snapped.
- Harder to relax and get a good nightís sleep.
Youíre tired. Youíre exhausted. As you drag yourself in the door at the end of the day, youíre just hoping you can get some sleep. But the rising stress levels in your body make it harder to relax. Instead of getting a good nightís sleep, you end up tossing and turning and then feel even more tired the next day.
- Not feeling in control.
At the root of it all is the sense that you canít change anything. You donít see alternatives or know how to make it better. This feeling of lack of control fuels an even higher stress level. You donít like this feeling.
- Not happy or satisfied.
The overall impact of these symptoms causes you to not feel happy at work. Youíre not happy with how this is impacting your health. Youíre not pleased with how itís impacting your relationships. Youíre tired, burned out and exhausted. You donít like how youíre feeling about yourself. This isnít how you want your life to be!
Susan Cullen is President of Quantum Learning Solutions, Inc. She is considered an expert in the use of blended learning methodologies for lasting organizational change. Susan has a Master's Degree in Organizational Development and over 18 years experience in workforce development and learning. For more information, contact 1-800-683-0681 or http://www.quantumlearn.com.
Article Submitted On: May 27, 2011