In some workplaces, stress is considered normal. However, excessive stress may negatively affect your productivity and personal health. The way you deal with stress can make a difference. Many people assume that they don’t have any control over their work environment. Yes, you can’t control everything at your workplace, but it doesn’t mean you’re powerless. Stress management isn’t a big deal if you keep your focus clear and think about the aspects that ARE in your control.
If you are over occupied with work, then it might make your attitude stubborn or irritable. You can lose your confidence and your work will seem less rewarding. If you don’t manage stress at initial stage, then it will ultimately result in bigger problems. Here are some simple time management tips to regain your control over difficult situation and handle stress effectively:
1. Balance your work-life schedule
Analyze your daily schedule and responsibilities at home and work. Make a to-do-list and estimate the time needed to complete tasks. Create a smooth balance between work and family life. Analyze your eating and sleeping habits (many people don’t get enough sleep). Take a balanced diet and complete your 6-8 hours of sleep.
2. Don’t over-commit
It’s not humanly possible to work consecutively for 8-9 hours. Many people think that, if they work uninterrupted for eight hours, then they can get more work done. This concept is not true. Instead, it will drop down your energy and productivity levels, and lift your stress level. Avoid taking too much in your plate and scheduling tasks back-to-back. Don’t over occupy yourself and take too many tasks for a single day. If you have heaps of tasks, then discriminate between “should” and “must.” Drop down tasks that are not on priority right now or remove them entirely from your list.
3. Reach office earlier
Try to get to work early. Even 10-15 minutes can bring huge difference between rushing toward your seat and peacefully starting your day. Don’t add one more stress in your list by coming late to office.
4. Organize your breaks
Take 3-4 minutes break throughout your day to keep your mind fresh. Go for a walk, stretch at your desk, conduct a breathing exercise or do a small chit chat with your colleagues to keep yourself active. Sitting at one place whole day can make you dull and lethargic. Go out or get away from your cubicle for lunch. Stepping away from your tasks and taking small breaks will make you relax and recharge you to conquer new challenges.
Pressure at work is sometimes motivating but excessive amount of it results in stress. By effectively managing your time you can organize your tasks, meet your deadlines, and beat work-related stress.