The 24 hours we all have is our opportunity to grab. How we use our time is something we can, somewhat, control. Time control is about what we choose to do and how we prioritize the hours every day.

Time control is both simple and difficult at the same time. The first thing to do when you set a goal is assessing your current situation where time is a major factor.  Our time management tool enables you to define your perfect week and monitor how you acctually spend your time.

Unrealistic goals and deadlines with poor time control

It is much easier to set a realistic deadline for the goal when you have control over your time spending with possible changes in prioritizing.  Many fail to achieve a goal because they set plans that do not fit the life phase or life schedule. Chances are your schedule is full of other things than working towards your goal.

A typical goal for me that often fail is health-related goals, I define a work out plan that is unrealistic for my schedule. I want to run three times a week and go to the gym three times, to regain my former athletic shape. This is what my feelings say, but my life schedule gives another answer. I have countless times started out with a work-out plan that fails two weeks later due to work, family or other obligations. My goal is not realistic to my current life situation, it will require big changes and time management. Should I adjust my ambitions and think that I would be better off with working out three times a week and eating healthier?

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Reduce stress with time control

Time control can help you reduce stress – knowing how you spend your time provide clarity of the life situation and enables you to accept and/or make changes. The work-life balance aspect is important when we talk about time stress and conflicts. How we use and prioritize the 24 hours in a day is up to us. The first step is to know and understand the situation. Knowledge is a great way to reduce stress.

Research for Health Canada indicate that there are four broad categories associated with work-life balance:

  • Role overload: This form of work-life conflict occurs when the total demands on time and energy associated with the prescribed activities of multiple roles are too great to perform the roles adequately or comfortably.
  • Work-to-family interference: This type of role conflict occurs when work demands and responsibilities make it more difficult to fulfill family-role responsibilities (e.g., long hours in paid work prevent attendance at a child’s sporting event, preoccupation with the work role prevents an active enjoyment of family life, work stresses spill over into the home environment and increase conflict with the family).
  • Family-to-work interference: This type of role conflict occurs when family demands and responsibilities make it more difficult to fulfill work-role responsibilities (e.g., a child’s illness prevents attendance at work, conflict at home makes concentration at work difficult).
  • Caregiver strain: Caregiver strain is a multi-dimensional construct defined in terms of “burdens” in the caregivers’ day-to-day lives, which can be attributed to the need to provide care or assistance to someone else who needs it.

From: Health Canada, (2008), Reducing Work-Life Conflict: What Works? What Doesn’t?