Stress and anxiety can be huge roadblocks to getting things done. Since your mind is constantly worrying about something, it doesn’t have to time or energy to think about the things you actually need to do. While different people respond to stress differently, feeling overwhelmed and anxious can cause you to shut down. Suddenly, having so much to do makes you feel like you can’t get anything done.
While the factors that lead to stress are different for every individual, there are certain factors in everyone’s lives that relate to stress. Controlling these will help manage your stress level and ultimately, increase your productivity.
1) Plan & Prioritize Your Day
Many people underestimate the importance of having a to-do list. Planning out your day can make you feel less stressed because you know exactly what you need to get done and how much time you have to do. The less things that are unexpected, the better. Check out this post for tips on creating an effective to-do list.
2) Sleep More & Eat Well
Often time, stress and anxiety is cause by poor health. Not being in great shape health wise can make you more susceptible to stress inducing factors. To improve your health, get enough sleep every night – at least 7 to 8 hours. Your brain will feel clearer and as a result, be able to process everything life throws at you. Also, remember to have three well-balanced meals a day. There is nothing more important than your health. Are you an entrepreneur with a busy schedule? Check out our recent post about the ultimate entrepreneur’s workout.
3) Delegate Tasks
Even if you are Superman or Wonder Woman, no one is capable of doing everything. Take a look at your to-do. Is it alarmingly long? Do you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done? If so, it’s ok to get a little help. Delegate tasks that you don’t necessarily need to do yourself. Trying to do too much will just burn you out in the long run.
4) Learn How to Say No
If you’re asked to do something, especially in the workplace, it’s hard to say no. You don’t want to look bad or look like you’re slacking off and not pulling your weight. However, sometimes, it’s ok to say no. You can’t be pulled in different directions without sacrificing your performance. Also, saying yes too much can also be a bad thing. It might seem like you don’t have enough to do. Make sure to set expectations.
There are so many things in our lives that cause stress and we can’t even control them. However, for the things that we can control, take the reins and get the stress out of your life. Not only is it great for your productivity, but it’ll be better for your health and well-being.