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One-Fifth of American Employees Are Stressed Due to Poor Time Management

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Time management is more than just a skill; it is one of the most valuable resources in the workplace, but are people struggling to stay on top of their workloads?

A recent survey from VoiceNation has revealed that one-fifth of American employees are stressed due to poor time management.

Effective time management allows individuals to prioritise tasks, allocate resources efficiently, and maintain a healthy work-life balance. But when time is mismanaged, many experience increased stress, decreased productivity, and poor job satisfaction.

32% of California residents are stressed due to poor time management

California ranks number one, with a striking 32% of respondents indicating stress attributed to struggles in time management.

Following closely behind are New Jersey, Tennessee, and Texas, each with 28%, indicating a shared challenge in these regions.

Notably, states like Pennsylvania, Missouri, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New York also report significant percentages ranging from 22% to 24%.

US states most stressed from poor time management

State

% Stressed due to poor time management

California

32%

New Jersey

28%

Tennessee

28%

Texas

28%

Pennsylvania

24%

Missouri

23%

Massachusetts

22%

Michigan

22%

New York

22%

Illinois

21%

North Carolina

20%

Maryland

19%

Florida

18%

Georgia

18%

Ohio

17%

How can employees improve their time management?

Speaking with Tom Lanaway, senior project manager at Connective3, he said: “When we struggle to manage our time effectively, we often face consequences that elevate stress levels, primarily due to an overwhelming sense of losing control over our tasks and commitments. This loss of control can lead to a feeling of being constantly behind, and unable to meet deadlines or fulfil obligations, which directly impacts our sense of competence and self-efficacy.

“Moreover, poor time management often leads to procrastination, a cycle of avoidance and last-minute rushes that not only decreases the quality of our work but also increases anxiety and stress.

“Additionally, looking at the data across the US, many states are struggling with time management, which is causing them stress in work. This constant state of stress resulting from poor time management can affect our sleep patterns, leading to insomnia or poor-quality sleep, which further exacerbates stress levels. It can also negatively impact our relationships and social life, as we may withdraw from social activities or neglect personal relationships due to perceived time constraints.

“Some tips I’d recommend include setting realistic goals, prioritising tasks, breaking tasks into smaller, manageable steps, allocating specific times for work (also known as time blocking) and getting timely rest, which can all contribute to reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being.”

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