On the other hand, placing too much stress on yourself will lead to burning out and ultimately having poor performance.
In 2013, more than one-third of working Americans experienced chronic work stress, revealed by a survey from APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence, and of that only 36 per cent said their organizations provided sufficient resources to help them manage that stress.
1. Get better at managing your time
Staying behind late in the office is not always as productive as you image, and while you may feel better for completing extra hours, they could be pointless in terms of creativity and productivity.
Overworking can lead to illness and days off work, and what good is that really? Business coach Rasheed Ogunlaru recommends setting alarms as a reminder of when to leave the office and plan in personal time first.
“It’s crucial to book in these important dates before you plan in hectic work schedules, such as time for your family, the holiday you deserve, fun as well as time for relaxation; remember there are only limited hours,” he explains.
2. Prioritise your workload by urgency
We all dread the mounts of work that awaits us after the weekend or holiday away. Even the thought of 80 unread emails can trigger the alarm bells and cause us to avoid any form of work at all.
In a recent guide on how to de-stress Neil Shah, founder of the Stress Management Society, believes they key to managing such heavy or stressful workloads are by prioritising them in order of urgency and importance. For example:
- Do now: these are both urgent and important
- Plan to do: these are important but not urgent
- Reject diplomatically: these might be urgent but are not important
- Resist and cease: these are both non-urgent and non-important
Another skill we often fail to take advantage of is delegation. The ability to pass on work is not only great by reducing the workload, but it also gives your colleagues the chance to excel and even have a fresh perspective on the task.
3. Consciously get to know yourself
Through self-knowledge you will be able to achieve the ideal work-life balance. Spanish novelist, Miguel Cervantes, once wrote: “Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult challenge in life.”
With a conscious intention to connect mind, body and spirit, health expert Joan Moran says in doing so can unlock the unlimited potential for personal and professional success: “This connection is the key to self-reflection and self-reflection can bring you to balance and bliss.
“You use the same intellectual, social and emotions skills at work as you do at home. You should feel as relaxed and at ease at work as you do at home if that integration, that holistic approach to living a balanced life is occurring.”
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