Many people find work stressful. After all, most people are assigned a position because it was needed, not because there would be nothing to do during the position. Despite the fact that work sometimes can be extremely challenging, there are ways that we can make work a little easier for us. Here are five ways that work can be made easier for those who are struggling with what to do and how to accomplish it.
Step Number One: Make A List
Making a list is the most important start of anyone’s workday. For someone who is working at a fast-food restaurant, it could be as simple as what one’s job duties are. For someone who is in a setting with more complex duties, this could include anything from checking and responding to email to creating a memo on an important subject. After you have made your list, prioritize it. What can you delegate and give to someone else? What can be done tomorrow? Start with what absolutely has to be done today, and work from there. Hopefully, this will take off some of the feeling of being overwhelmed. When looking at the list, do not assume that doing the easiest thing on the list is best. Experts recommend getting the hardest thing on the list accomplished first. That makes everything else seem easy, and you will not waste energy worrying about the most complex thing on the list.
Step Number Two: Delegate
If you are feeling stressed out at work, there is a good chance that you are not delegating out enough work. This is especially true for managers, but is also true for anyone in the workforce. Ask yourself questions about your list. Does that white paper written on Topic B need to be written by you, or can you delegate it to someone else? In a place where you are feeling stressed out because there are many customers that require to be served, consider hiring on a few new employees or scheduling someone else for the shift. Make sure that there are employees available to pick up extra shifts in case someone calls off. If you are not a manager, you can still delegate; you just have to be more careful about who you delegate too. Ask your boss for your advice.
Step Number Three: Don’t Procrastinate
Don’t procrastinate. Hopefully, you now have your list done and you have delegated what you can do. Now the trick is to actually get the items on the list. Even if you can open up Facebook, Myspace or something else on company time, do not do it. Save that as a reward for at the end of the day.
Someone who is trying to avoid procrastination might have a list that looks like this:
– Make three phone calls to business workers promoting new item
– Work on presentation, complete three slides
– Call Jenna about the website glitch yesterday
Now, pick the item on your list that you’re dreading the most. Once it is complete, reward yourself for doing it. This will bring you less stress and you won’t have to worry about doing the dreaded task later on. You win in multiple ways. Now take the next item on your list and do it. Continue until the list is completed.
Most of us know how to take care of ourselves at home, but for some of us it may seem like a challenge to take care of ourselves at work. Make sure to take a break and eat your lunch. Drink water while at work. Make sure to take the breaks that you are entitled too or allowed to take. This will help you feel relaxed and ready to face the workday ahead.
Remaining positive and thanking your coworkers might be the last thing that you want to do during a stressful period. However, if you can say something positive and thank your coworkers, the atmosphere may improve, which leads to a less stressful work experience. Remaining positive will help keep things in perspective, and thanking your coworkers will go a long way towards delegating your next tough task.