Stress Free Practices
Posted by Wally Narwhal on Jan 8, 2014 6:17:00 PM
We make a priority list daily to make sure we are all on the same page. It's important to identify a hierarchy of needs. What projects are truly essential for this week? This perspective allows us to identify what project comes first and what can wait until next week.
Time management is crucial. We want every employee to be able to manage his or her time in a realistic manner. Rushing and doing a poor job doesn’t help anyone. It’s better to take a little longer and be completely focused on the task at hand. This way you produce a better product and you eliminate some stress. Time management is a muscle that can be developed. With some time it will become easier.
It’s important to give yourself a time out when things get too stressful. Sitting in a constant state of tension reduces productivity. We have all had moments where we have felt like our heads we all going to spontaneously combust. This kind of stress can cause you to lose the ability to finish a thought or form a complete sentence. Take a moment to breathe, step out for some air, or take a walk around the office. Taking a self-imposed time-out is the best medicine for this situation.
Ask For Help
Asking for help can be a challenge. There is a common assumption that asking for assistance will make you seem unintelligent and vulnerable. It actually does the exact opposite. If you are not sure what the answer is or how to do something ask for help. Your manager or colleague will respect you more for acknowledging your ignorance and be more willing to teach you. In order to feel supported, we need to relinquish control.
Secure Your Mask First
It is crucial to remember your needs. Multi-taskers have an enormous energy output. You must find ways to fill up your tank. This is completely your responsibility. No one will do it for you. Make it a priority so you can continue to be of service to others.
Remember to keep these practices in mind the next time you receive a mountain of work on your desk. You can do it! Take a deep breath, secure your harness, and conquer it like a champ!
Written by Wally Narwhal
Wally overseas (get it?) fun and silliness at Tribute Media as the company's acting mascot and unicorn of the sea.