I read an article this week about controlling stress. It was a fine article and offered good tactics on reducing stress, but it only touched on what to do when you get stressed-out. Instead, I recommend taking control of your life. Only then will your level of stress will decrease.
I’ve found these three simple steps in toward taking control of your life greatly reduces. They can be hard to implement, but are simple.
- Take control of your time. Presumably you are paid for getting results and not for checking boxes on some checklist. Do what is required to get the results you are responsible. Ignore or delete everything else. Here are some pragmatic things you can do right now:
- Create a “CC:” folder and rules that sends all e-mail you are CC’d on to the folder. Scan the folder once a day to see if anything looks important. Delete everything else. If the other party requires you to do something, they will send it “TO” you.
- Turn off all notifications. Don’t let electronics short-circuit your concentration
- Leave on time and enjoy time with family and friends. The work issues will be waiting for you tomorrow.
- Make sure you like your boss and that he supports you. If not, find a new one.
- Get real. None of us are going to save humanity or invent warp drive. Our jobs are a means to an end, not the end. If your job is your end, ignore this step.
- BONUS step: Ask yourself every day if you are having fun.
Copyright 2016 Doug Ringer
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