Friday, November 28, 2014

Reducing overwhelm & stress

Reducing overwhelm & stress

Many people are overwhelmed and stressed.  What can we do to minimize the pressure?  When clients ask me this I address two things:

First, what are the things you want to do every day?  What daily habits do you want to cultivate?  Most people say something like – eat properly, exercise, meditate, get to bed at a reasonable time, floss my teeth, read, listen to music, etc.

Reducing your overwhelm & stress begins with deciding what you need to do (or not do!) to sustain you each day.  Make a list of those things you want and need to do each day to sustain you.  Looking after ourselves properly – body, speech, and mind – is the first essential for business success.  True, you can get away with not looking after yourself, for a while, but sooner or later you get sick, or bad things begin to happen.

Second, what do you need to accomplish this week?   Sit down on a Sunday (or Monday morning), review all that is on your plate, and decide what must be done, then schedule it in your planner or schedule – and guard this time fiercely!  If you make the time to accomplish some of the things that must be done, and you look after yourself well, stress and overwhelm usually decline.  Work on it for a few weeks and you will have greatly improved your life!

As Stephen Covey says – “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

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