Recently, I have been going through a big change in my life. As a result, my stress level has been much higher than normal, which is something that will happen to all of us at different turning points in our lives.
When the dust settled, after a few weeks, I sat down and thought about how to bring my stress level back down out of the clouds and start experiencing a sense of normalcy again.
Using the 3 tips below I was able to conquer my stress:
1 - Write Everything Down
Get all the clutter out of your head. Once I starting doing this my stress level was cut in half almost immediately. No more relying on short-term memory (of which of have almost none these days) to remember tasks, especially small ones that I need to complete. What I call "Back of Your Mind Worrying" is taken out of play through the simple use of a notebook or note taking app.
This tip is the most important take-away from this article. GET IT OUT OF YOUR HEAD AND ON TO PAPER!
2 - Organize Your Tasks
Once you get in the habit of writing everything down, you will need to go back through your notes and make sense of it. Sift through your notes and figure out exactly which things you wrote down need to get done. Without organizing your tasks, in other words without creating a "to-do list," notes are nothing more than just words on paper (or in my case chicken scratch on paper).
3 - Plan Your Work
At this point your thoughts and tasks are written down, and you've created a list of tasks that need to get done to get you from Point A to Point B. Now we need to plan exactly when we are going to work on each task. For example, if a task needs to be done by Friday, we want to put it in our work plan on or before Thursday so we are not stressing to get it done on Friday morning. For my work on FTF I have a google doc called "FTF Master Plan" where I list my work plan
----------------Stress, my friends, is not something to be taken lightly. If we become stressed out enough for a long enough time period something bad is most likely going to happen. Anything from chronically forgetting small tasks at work to developing serious health conditions are possible.
Life is too short to be stressed, and most of the time stress is the direct result of choices we've made. The good news is by making the simple changes outlined above in your life you can totally change the way you feel about your day-to-day life in a positive way.
"A diamond is a piece of charcoal that handled stress extremely well" - unknown
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