We all know that the more we try and do at one time the more anxious and stressed we become. Most of the time it is US, putting way to much pressure on ourselves to complete everything successfully RIGHT now. It doesn’t need to be that way, if we take a step back, take a huge relaxing breathe and organize/prioritize a little. We can then find our focus! This will help us remove the stress and worry of getting “stuff” done.
So how should you do it then? The following are tips and advice to help manage stress.
Write it out, schedule it out.
Write down! Writing down everything that seems to be overwhelming. I found that as soon I started this I immediately eliminated the stress of “forgetting” something. You will find a things-to-do-list much easier to manage than having errands all crumpled up in your head. Writing down the tasks, and putting a specific schedule and time to do them, helps anyone manage activities one chunk at a time. I LOVE Crossing off an activity or task that has already been accomplished it feels so rewarding! I believe it could actually help you feel more relaxed when doing the other tasks at hand.
One at a time works.
Focus and put all your attention specifically on one task at one time. This allows you to be the most productive. It can really get in the way if you are feeling panicky about the other undone or to-do tasks. Thinking about them only adds unnecessary stress and can just plain get in the way of doing the task you are working on right now. I recommend that you feel the best time of the day that YOU are the most focused and productive, this will help you stay even more focused.
Delegate, delegate, delegate.
You need not do everything all at once, and you need not do everything on your own. Ask for help, get help, or pay for help. When there is a feeling of being overwhelmed that is cropping up, hire someone to mow the lawn or get a sitter for your children. The feeling of being pressed to finish something on time will be eliminated if tasks are delegated. It takes a load off unnecessary worry and anxiety. Moreover, it is easier checking up on how things are, than worrying yourself sick doing everything on your own, all at once. The trick is prioritizing the task that only you can do and making sure to delegate the ones that anyone can do.
Give yourself a break.
You need it to be more productive. A ten to fifteen minute break during your work is necessary. Go visit a café nearby, take a quick brisk walk, or do anything to put your mind off work, at least for a while. This is necessary to refresh and recharge. You can also try visualization or meditation right at your desk. Sit with your eyes closed as you visualize a peaceful landscape or a relaxing scene. This frees the stress and worry from your muscles and your mind. I recommend working for 45-50 minutes and then breaking for 10-15 minutes.
You might be thing “gosh these are simple actions, they can’t possible work”. And I am going to say to you, then try it! they are simple they are easy and they WILL make difference. Every time you do one simple step that helps you move in a better direction you are changing your feeling and thoughts. Changing your feeling and thoughts will change your life. It will start a spiral of great feelings that will move you from stress to happiness in a very short time.