Time Management that addresses this issue and provides tips for reducing stress and improving productivity. The article provides a list of strategies and they suggest picking one and trying it for two to four weeks to see if it helps, then adding another.
The list includes a couple things I already do, such as, plan each day. This includes making a to-do list and keeping a schedule. I live by my calendar at work and my refrigerator door holds reminder notes and lists. Another one on the list that I try to practice is prioritize your tasks. Putting those items that have to be done at the top of the list, even numbering the list if I have to.
Of course the list includes several things I don't do well. Say no to nonessential tasks. This I need to learn to do. When asked if I will take on another task I need to practice saying, "I will think about it and get back to you". Then consider my schedule before agreeing to additional work. Another on the list that I should try is delegate. This I need to do, as I have taken on more responsibility at work, I haven't delegated some of the tasks that could be passed on to someone else, this needs to change.
And one I have tried to practice with varying degrees of success, get plenty of sleep, have a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
There are many more excellent suggestions in the article, so if you are like me and feeling the stress of a busy life, read the article and chose one strategy to work on for the next couple of weeks. I will be working on delegating.