Know when to speak. I used interrupt my staff all of the time and just apologize for being an interrupter. Then I read something that stated we show people how little we value them when we don’t let them share their ideas. And I started working on being quiet and really listening. Everyone has good ideas and deserves the respect of being heard. Sometimes I have to listen with my hands covering my mouth, so I know to be quiet – it’s not easy. I love to share my opinion. But, I’ve noticed that when I let others share their ideas, I show them I value them. They become more excited and empowered and I can share my workload, ultimately reducing my stress.
Listen to your body. I’ve been known to ignore every indicator that my body is telling me to slow down. I like to go and go and go, until I can’t even move anymore. I’ve been trying to get better, but this is a regular challenge. Learn from my mistakes. Your body is telling you something. Headaches? Remove the stress or change your eating habits. Worn down? Take a relaxation break. Feeling under the weather? Take your sick day – don’t make others sick, too.
Work when you’re at your best. I love mornings, it’s when I have the most energy, it’s when I do the best work. I tackle my biggest, hardest and most important tasks first thing in the morning. Figure out when you do your best work and schedule your most important things to get done during this time. When you’re thinking clearly and at your best, everything will seem better and easier.
You have the power to remove some stress from your life and starts with learning more about yourself. Plan your day around your productivity, listen to what your body is telling you and let others share their good ideas with you. You’ll start to see changes that will make a difference in your life.