The Simple Secret to Managing Your Work Stress
Think about these scenarios and see if you can apply them when it comes to managing the stress in your job:
• If your schedule requires you to be in the office at 8:00 a.m., show up at 7:40 a.m. Those extra 20 minutes will give you time to settle in and get organized before the pressure really heats up.
• If the meeting starts at 10:00 a.m., arrive at 9:50 a.m. Use those extra ten minutes in the meeting room to collect your thoughts, get in the right frame of mind, or take a moment to check your Blackberry.
• If your one-on-one with your boss is scheduled at a regular time each week, show up five minutes early so you’re already there and ready to go when her door opens. Consider using your extra five minutes to talk to the boss’s assistant, creating a relationship that pays dividends.
• If your presentation is due on Thursday morning, organize your workload so you can deliver it the evening before, eliminating loss of sleep and anxiety on Wednesday night.
• If you’re responsible for providing end-of-year performance reviews, don’t wait until the week right before the review to get started. The last week will always be the most stressful, and your feedback won’t be nearly as constructive if you rush to provide it. Set a plan ahead of time for how you’ll tackle the written reviews.
For example, if you need to review 10 employees and you have four weeks before in-person reviews, aim to complete two to three written reviews each week. A bit of planning and organization can go a long way when it comes to reducing your stress levels…