Anything taken too much is bad for the health. A little stress is actually good, as it could serve to help you function at your best. However, stress that seems a little too much could take a physical, as well as mental, toll to your body. Stress should be managed in order for depression or anxiety to be prevented.
So how should you do it then? The following are tips and advice to help manage stress.
Write it out, schedule it out.
It is best to write down everything that seems to be overwhelming. You will find a things-to-do-list much easier to manage than having errands all crumpled up in your head. Writing down the tasks, and putting a specific schedule and time to do them, helps anyone manage activities one chunk at a time. Crossing out an activity that has already been accomplished is very rewarding and could actually help you feel more relaxed when doing the other tasks at hand.
One at a time works.
Focus and put all your attention specifically on one task at one time. It does not help to feel panicky about the other undone or to-do tasks. Thinking about them only adds unnecessary stress and could even hamper in doing the task you are attempting to accomplish at present.
Relax and take it slow.
At least, try not to expend too much energy on activities that are currently not priorities. This is in order for your energy to be not easily expended on the tasks that are not that important, at least for now.
Delegate, delegate, delegate.
You need not do everything all at once, and you need not do everything on your own. Ask for help, get help, or pay for help. When there is a feeling of being overwhelmed that is cropping up, hire someone to mow the lawn or get a sitter for your children. The feeling of being pressed to finish something on time will somehow be eliminated if tasks are delegated. It takes a load off unnecessary worry and anxiety. Moreover, it is easier checking up on how things are, than worrying yourself sick doing everything on your own, all at once.
Give yourself a reward.
You deserve it. Acknowledging your accomplishments, no matter how big or small, is an effort that is necessary before getting on to the next tasks and activities. It reduces stress and could even make you happier in doing the next task.
Give yourself a break.
You need it to be more productive. A ten to fifteen minute break during your work is necessary. Go visit a café nearby, take a quick brisk walk, or do anything to put your mind off work, at least for a while. This is necessary to refresh and recharge. Believe it or not, you can also stay in your work and sit with your eyes closed as you visualize a peaceful landscape or a relaxing scene. This frees the stress from your muscles and your mind.
Relax and be cool. Doing so makes you healthier, happier, and a lot more productive.
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I got this awesome note from The Universe this morning “Wouldn’t you love it, Kim, if there were only 3 reasons that anything ever happened in time and space:
Because I love you…
Because you love them…
Because they love you…
Yeah, that was a trick question. There are only 3 reasons that anything ever happens.
I love you, The Universe”
This really made me think because the think, over the past year I have really deliberately shifted my focus to working from the energy of love and in that process I realized that the majority of the goals I had been setting up until that point had come from ego or fear, and not love at all.
As we start to prepare our business goals for 2015 and beyond I can’t help but ask the question.
“Are you setting your goals from ego or fear?”
The difference can literally be stopping you in your tracks from achieving your goals. If you are a purpose driven entrepreneur then the key to setting goals and easily reaching them without it sucking the life out of you is to set them in alignment with your heart, from a place of love, there is no room for ego within the space of love.
Learn to do that and then consistently take inspired action and no goal you truly seek is unachievable.
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Time management is basically about being focused. The Pareto Principle also known as the ’80:20 Rule’ states that 80% of efforts that are not time managed or unfocused generates only 20% of the desired output. However, 80% of the desired output can be generated using only 20% of a well time managed effort. Although the ratio ’80:20′ is only arbitrary, it is used to put emphasis on how much is lost or how much can be gained with time management.
Some people view time management as a list of rules that involves scheduling of appointments, goal settings, thorough planning, creating things to do lists and prioritizing. These are the core basics of time management that should be understood to develop an efficient personal time management skill. These basic skills can be fine tuned further to include the finer points of each skill that can give you that extra reserve to make the results you desire.
But there is more skills involved in time management than the core basics. Skills such as decision making, inherent abilities such as emotional intelligence and critical thinking are also essential to your personal growth.
Personal time management involves everything you do. No matter how big and no matter how small, everything counts. Each new knowledge you acquire, each new advice you consider, each new skill you develop should be taken into consideration.
Having a balanced life-style should be the key result in having personal time management. This is the main aspect that many practitioners of personal time management fail to grasp.
Time management is about getting results, not about being busy.
The six areas that personal time management seeks to improve in anyone’s life are physical, intellectual, social, career, emotional and spiritual.
The physical aspect involves having a healthy body, less stress and fatigue.
The intellectual aspect involves learning and other mental growth activities.
The social aspect involves developing personal or intimate relations and being an active contributor to society.
The career aspect involves school and work.
The emotional aspect involves appropriate feelings and desires and manifesting them.
The spiritual aspect involves a personal quest for meaning.
Thoroughly planning and having a set of things to do list for each of the key areas may not be very practical, but determining which area in your life is not being giving enough attention is part of time management. Each area creates the whole you, if you are ignoring one area then you are ignoring an important part of yourself.
Personal time management should not be so daunting a task. It is a very sensible and reasonable approach in solving problems big or small.
A great way of learning time management and improving your personal life is to follow several basic activities.
One of them is to review your goals whether it be immediate or long-term goals often.
A way to do this is to keep a list that is always accessible to you.
Always determine which task is necessary or not necessary in achieving your goals and which activities are helping you maintain a balanced life style.
Each and everyone of us has a peek time and a time when we slow down, these are our natural cycles. We should be able to tell when to do the difficult tasks when we are the sharpest.
Learning to say “No”. You actually see this advice often. Heed it even if it involves saying the word to family or friends.
Pat yourself at the back or just reward yourself in any manner for an effective time management result.
Try and get the cooperation from people around you who are actually benefiting from your efforts of time management.
Don’t procrastinate. Attend to necessary things immediately.
Have a positive attitude and set yourself up for success. But be realistic in your approach in achieving your goals.
Have a record or journal of all your activities. This will help you get things in their proper perspective.
These are the few steps you initially take in becoming a well rounded individual.
As the say personal time management is the art and science of building a better life.
From the moment you integrate into your life time management skills, you have opened several options that can provide a broad spectrum of solutions to your personal growth. It also creates more doors for opportunities to knock on.
As we start to wrap up the year of 2014 and prepare for 2015 I the topic of goal setting seems to come up.
You know, those “New Years Resolutions” you set for yourself at the beginning of the year and then around this time of you year you start to evaluate what worked and what didn’t work.
If you are like most purpose driven entrepreneurs, setting and achieving goals is often easier said then done.
The thing that I find interesting is that although we may understand the basics, or even the “secrets” that top athletes, and traditional business owners that is something missing….but first, lets look at what they do have right and you can copy.
The basics really come down to the following:
- Motivation – connected to your WHY
Being focused helps us to plan and organize our resources, being specific allows us to clearly measure what we are doing as well as allocate the step by step, and resources, ie. being organized and planned. And of course, not much of anything happens without motivation, ie, your big why.
The why of the goal is really one of the most important aspects of setting the goal and being able to achieve it. You see the only thing really standing in the way of you reaching your goals is YOU. And this is where we start to get into the missing piece and why most purpose driven folks are frustrated with setting goals that they know in their hearts are possible and yet still don’t seem to be making any head way.
The secret is YOU, well at least one of the secrets and the missing ingredient is you. We are not taught how to self explore so when something goes haywire its usually the last place that we look for answers. The truth is, this should the first place you look for answers, funny how that works huh?
Setting clearly defined short term and long term goals will enable you to measure your progress and achieve personal satisfaction once you have successfully met your goals. Charting your progress will also enable you to actually see the stages of completion leading to the actual realization of your goals. This eliminates the feeling of a long and pointless grind towards achieving your goal. Your self-confidence and level of competence will also improve as you will be more aware of your capabilities as you complete or achieve your goals.
The basics of goal settings will involve deciding what you really want to do with your personal life and what short term and long term goals you need to achieve it. Then you have to break down goals into the smaller and manageable targets that you must complete in your way to achieving your targets.
A good way to have a manageable list is to have a daily and weekly set of goals. By doing this you will be always in the position of going towards you life plan goals. Everyday will give you the opportunity to fulfill a certain goal giving you the feeling of accomplishment.
Here are some pointers that should be taken into consideration in setting goals and achieving them.
Attitude plays a very big role in setting and achieving your goals. You must ask yourself if any part of you or your mind holding you back towards completing your simplest goals? If there are any part of your behavior that is being a hindrance or puts your plans into disarray? If you do have problems in these areas then the immediate thing to do is to address this problem.
This is hugely important and where YOU actually come into the equation of setting and achieving your goals, you see, you gotta really understand what is in the way. Attitude is important, but so is the underlying root belief and energy behind your behavior, miss this and usually miss your goals.
This is usually an area that can be tough to navigate on your own, so investing in yourself through the use of a good coach or mentor can pay off in high dividends and will help you to get unstuck fast.
As the saying goes -’All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’, or something to that effect, is by all means true down to the last the letter. Having fun while achieving your goals should be non-negotiable, otherwise, you end up burning yourself out, not reaching your goals and being resentful.
If you have big goals and grand visions, and I suspect you do, then you want to start looking out from a 3 year vantage point for those big dreams and desires, then rein that in and start to create 30, 60 and 90 day action plans to help you get there.
One step at a time, step by step you can get there, when you know what is really stopping you from achieving your goal, you address that, dissolve that and then follow your tactical plan to get you there.
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“see” you on the other side.
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