15. October 2010 13:52
Join the club. Just kidding. But not really. The plain truth is that when times are tough, it’s not uncommon to find yourself stressed out. And while it could be attributed to a number of causes, here are a few practical tips to help minimize stress on the job, from the job:
§ Pace yourself. Take some time to identify available resources to set realistic goals and deadlines. Be honest with yourself and remember…it’s always better to underpromise and overachieve than it is to overpromise and underachieve.
§ Take breaks. Go for a walk around the block to get a breather from that stack of paperwork or long list of e-mails awaiting your attention. If you happen to work in the middle of a big city or other noisy place…headphones help.
§ Don’t worry about how you will fit a big project into your workday. Instead plan on how you will get it done. One way to do this: work on it when you feel most energetic (coffee induced or not…that’s up to you) and can be most productive.
§ Put people and situations into perspective. When you look at each situation as a matter of life and death you will spend more time stressing than producing…and that’s just not healthy.
§ Take time to play. When you are not working, you shouldn’t be working. It’s fine to take work home if it needs to get done but don’t lose sight of the fact that downtime is important and restorative.
So fear not! These stress-fightin’ quick-tips will minimize your stress levels at work and help you become more productive.