Work consumes a huge part of your life. If much of your day on the job is filled with stress, you need to make a change.
It’s hard to perform to your best ability when you’re constantly under pressure. Your level of job satisfaction will also likely take a hit, because feeling tense all the time isn’t fun. Follow these tips to lower the amount of stress in your workday.
Learn to Say No
You’ve grown accustomed to saying ‘yes’ to just about everything, but that isn’t working so well for you. Push back when you’re invited to a meeting you don’t need to attend or asked to assist with a project you don’t have time for. You’re the only one who knows your work load, so carefully evaluate each request to make sure it doesn’t leave you overextended.
Manage Your Time Wisely
If you’re not making good use of your time, you’re limiting the amount you can accomplish each day. Change this by carefully scheduling your workday to promote peak performance. Make a to-do list each morning, prioritizing items in order of importance.
Decide how much time you’ll spend on each item, so you don’t get caught up and fall behind schedule. Keep distractions to a minimum by letting your phone go to voicemail and turning your email notifications off. Check messages a few times per day, instead of when they come in, so you can focus on the task at-hand.
Control Your Reactions
Stop letting stress get you down. You can’t control external factors causing you to feel the heat, but you can regulate your response. Instead of becoming frazzled when things don’t go as planned, take a deep breath, center yourself and vow to remain calm.
Strike a Balance
It’s important to have time away from the office to relax and recharge. If you’re constantly working late hours and always available by phone or email, you can’t unwind. Enjoy a well-rounded life by forcing yourself to be home by dinnertime each night. Put the office on silent during your free time and enjoy being present in your personal life.
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