No one in this world understands what you are going through physically & mentally to be what you are. Your boss, wife/ husband, children, friends might not understand but don’t worry I can feel you, it’s a hard man to live this f****ng life! Since you have considered reading this article, let me try to help you alter your ego!
You’re spread thin with a load of work waiting for your action, a never-ending “to-do” list, a day full of meetings and calls, and everyone asking you for your time. At the same time, you’re also worried about your family and their wellbeing and how to spend more quality time with them while juggling with work commitments. These are some of the factors causing stress and anxiety (which have become our mates), that we sometimes feel overwhelmed. These help us to become impatient, our tempers flare, and those closest to us suffer.
It’s okay as this is normal. Stress is a natural side effect of pushing ourselves to do better. But how we manage it sets us apart from others.
Find out 5 doable ways to keep stress levels at a healthy level, and learn how the heads of top companies cope with stress:
1. Keep it simple
This must be done to gain perspective on what’s most important at that moment. Prioritize between urgent, critical, as well as urgent and critical.
Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder:
“The ability to boil things down, to just work on things that really count, to think through the basics . . . It’s a special form of genius.”
End of the day it just works and not as important as your mental health. Try to prepare the priority list and take action accordingly.
2. Focus on what matters:
Ask yourself, “What’s really important? I have 20 things on my “to-do” list, but what will happen if, instead of taking care of all 20, I take care of only the top five? Will the world stop spinning?”
It sounds trite, but prioritizing things that really matter, like your family and your health ( physical and mental) – can reduce stress levels considerably.
Richard Branson, Virgin:
“If I lose the whole Virgin empire tomorrow, then I’d just go and live somewhere, like Bali. Now, if there was a problem with my family, healthwise . . . that’s a problem.”
We have been trained to do multiple things at a time and no doubt in that, so when we have more things to do at a time, do a simple analysis and prioritize the important things for that time. ‘Think before you do!’
3. Take control
What’s first on your priority list? Tackle this specific task, and only this task – forget the others for the time being.
Being this laser-focused allows you to take control of the situation, which gives you a sense of accomplishment, allowing you to move on to other tasks, thereby lowering stress.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO:
“Stress primarily comes from not taking action over something that you can have control over . . . I find that as soon as I identify it and make the first phone call, or send off the first email . . . it dramatically reduces any stress that might come from it.”
4. Take a break
Working nonstop leads to burnout and slows our productivity. Even if we tend to lose our control and overreact in the situations. And what good are you to your family or your team if you become a demon?
90% of leaders in a survey by the Center for Creative Leadership reported that they managed stress by temporarily removing themselves, physically and mentally, from their source of stress.
Susan Wojcicki, YouTube CEO:
“I think it’s really important to take time off, and I’ve also found that sometimes you get really good insights by taking time off.”
When you are working continuously, just take a 5 min break to stretch and feel yourself better and get on track. This would increase productivity and increase your focus.
5. Plan ahead
Create a “to-do” list every day. War is never won without preparation. At the start of the day, check what meetings you have, and plan the tasks you’ll attack today.
I understand most of them to deal with things that are unplanned, but the idea here is to plan what we already know so that we can focus on unplanned tasks with spontaneous skills like a pro.
Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO:
“The more you can set a cadence around what you do, and the more ritual and the more consistency you can build into your schedule, the less stress you’re going to have.”
It’s time to say adios to stress. I hope these methods will help you..!!!