Faster than a speeding bullet; more powerful than a locomotive. Able to eat through lunch at a single gulp. Look through the office. She’s frazzled, he’s in a daze; it’s the Hurried Business Person. If this is you, rescue remedies that target stress management at work may be in order.
Are you working non-stop? If so, you may benefit from enhancing mind, body, spirit. The results of burning the candle at both ends can be disastrous to your health, your relationships and even to your work. Take this quiz to find out if you need holistic relief. Keep track of the yeses, then read on to find ways to cool your jets!.
Hurried Business Person’s Quiz:
- You have so much to do that work is constantly whirling in your mind.
- At night, you try to go to sleep but find yourself reorganizing files in your mind.
- Your heart pounds, and most days you rush through lunch (or forget to eat).
- Your significant other or other close family member is often angry, upset or seems distant.
- You can hardly concentrate on what people are saying to you at work or in other settings because your mind is constantly on work.
- You have no time to exercise, suffer from tiredness, pain and negative attitudes.
- You feel driven but not very happy.
* 1 – 2 – You’re just a little overworked right now. The right steps will help you keep it in check.
* 3 – 5 – You’re having trouble coping and may be heading for illness. Take stock.
* 6 – 7 – You’ve become The Hurried Business Person and need to find ways to reduce your stress levels before you’re body or mind goes on strike or opts out!
So what’s wrong with being work focused? That’s what will give you the raise, the promotion, puts you in favor with the boss or others. There’s got to be a better way, a calmer way to work; to better approach problems, to be confident, organized and truly excited by a day’s work.
It starts with a decision to be calm and focused as a key to your success. It’s achnowledging that multitasking will not add speed but keeps your focus divided and weak. For a moment, visualize yourself as a calm, happy person doing your work in a relaxed fashion, without fear, feeling a distinct sense of worth.
List Your Tasks
On a piece of paper make a list of all the tasks you’re working on right now. Take each task and give it its own piece of paper with a title. Note the deadlines (intermediate ones and final). Now for the priority task, write down the steps that you need to take to complete it. If you don’t know what is the priority task, get clarification. Get out your calendar. In the week’s spaces allot the numbers of working hours in blocks – two or three hours when you can spend time on this project; to get more information, time to write, time to read or research, or time for meetings. Be flexible and change your schedule if necessary.
Ways to Energize
Instead of working on one task all day, change tasks in the day. This diversion can be energizing and can help you feel you’re getting your work done. Before starting on the second task, take a deep breath in and out – a mini mental break to relieve body tiredness. To add another simple stress management exercise, block out 15 minutes a day for a brisk walk, in the hallways or outside. This short break will allow oxygen to circulate to your brain and offers a natural treatment for anxiety. You have a purpose; you feel useful; you’re in control – positive psychology toward a new way to work.
Rosalie Moscoe helps people manifest productive, interesting and energetic lives. Stress Relief and Nutritional Consultant, she is author of print and e-book, Frazzled Hurried Woman! Your Stress Relief Guide to Thriving…Not Merely Surviving. See our Shop page
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