Reduce Your Workplace Stress
Regardless of what we do for a living or how well we do it, we’re bound to develop stress at some point during our workweek. We are all tasked to efficiently perform all aspects of our jobs, usually while relying on others to complete their own tasks to supply us with what we need to function at work.
For most, the biggest workplace stress factor is the pressure to perform our jobs to a satisfactory level of excellence ON TIME. We are constantly battling time as we depend on our skills and others to jointly produce results to achieve our business goals – so we can all get paid!
Like spokes to a wheel, our jobs support progress and the better we perform our duties, the better the chances are that we’ll all move forward. At times, the sheer dynamic of time management, including yours and others, lead to stressful situations. So what happens when stress weighs heavily on our ability to perform at maximum capacity? Right. It bites for everyone, especially you.
So what can you do? Find ways to help reduce your stress level at work. You may say, “You don’t know what I have to deal with at work. That’s just not possible.” But let’s break it down a little further, shall we?
What is stress? According to WebMD.com, “Stress is what you feel when you have more to handle than you are used to.” Being overwhelmed with excess work at crunch time may be unavoidable, but pay close attention to the fact that stress is a “feeling.” You can attempt to control it through acknowledgement and the choice to let it go. Within stressful predicaments, that may not seem achievable, but it may provide you with enough relief to focus on the task at hand without clinging to the encompassing feeling of being stressed out. So remember, acknowledge that you feel it and then mentally tuck it away, if possible.
In addition, if you find ways to maximize on your own time management throughout the rest of your day, such as: getting a good night’s sleep, leaving a little earlier for work to avoid feeling hurried, communicating thoroughly with your teammates regarding the status of your responsibilities, eating nutritious meals and, of course, exercising to improve your health, you’ll alleviate undue stresses, whenever possible.
Where Did the Time Go
“There’s never enough time in the day!” How many times have you said this? Too many to count, right?
It’s frustrating to run out of time when you’ve got a list of tasks to complete and you feel the stress of rushing to finish. And when you’re having a great time, the hours seem to fly by as well. Where is it all going? And why does it feel like we’re losing our precious minutes?
There’s something we can do about it, apparently. It’s called time management. Not the friendliest or most entertaining concept in the world, but it’s a necessity to incorporate into our lifestyles if we’re going to figure out together how better to manage our time. Here’s a crash course:
- Plan your time. If possible, allocate an amount of time to spend on various tasks leading up to your achieving your goal. For example, if you’ve got an assignment to complete by noon, set your priorities, allot time to prepare your resources and to do the work.
- Delegate, where possible. If you can assign smaller, but important tasks for someone else to complete, do so right away.
- Monitor your time by analyzing what worked and what didn’t work during your day. By understanding what takes up more of your time unnecessarily, you may be able to organize specific tasks to be more effective.
- Make adjustments to how you schedule your time for the next day. The sooner you become aware of what works for you, the quicker you’ll be able to make decisions during the day, wasting less time.
Effective time management to complete tasks that aren’t enjoyable will hopefully leave plenty of time to spend having fun!
How to Set Achievable Goals
Do you ever find yourself uttering the words, “If only”? They’re two, short words that overflow with great depth of meaning for each of us. If only I did this. if only I did that. If only things were a little different. Whatever trails off those two words to form a hypothetical sentence in your mind, the general sentiment usually pertains to life being better somehow, if only, right?
Many daydreams start off that way, but when you get back to reality and store the mental flashes of what could have been, you have no choice but to keep it moving. But how much of your “if only” is actually achievable with effort and persistence?
If you say, “None,” because your “if only” usually ends with how you’d spend your state lotto winnings, then let’s put that particular daydream aside for a moment and focus on something more within reach, like – how you’d feel if you had more energy or how’d you’d feel if you had more time. Think about how you’d feel to be better off “somehow” if you set goals to achieve just that, whatever it is.
At times, we set goals that seem insurmountable, hence, we quit halfway through, if not sooner. Here are some helpful tips to setting achievable goals for yourself:
- Break down your main goal into smaller components. Think baby steps. Create a list of the things you need to accomplish leading up to succeeding at your overall goal. For example, you want to shed ten pounds. Your list can include: gathering groceries to help improve your diet for the following week, getting your gym or workout clothes together for easy access, dusting off the treadmill or other apparatus to help you get some exercise, or finding a pair of walking shoes to wear, and so forth.
- Create a timeline for yourself. Having a mental deadline will help keep you on track to completing certain milestones toward achieving your goal.
- Get support. Depending on the type of goals you’re setting for yourself, you may be able to enlist a friend for encouragement or to remind you along the way.