productivity

4 Ways To Manage Work Related Stress

Even when you love what you do, occasional work-related stress is unavoidable.

Not all stressful events can be prevented, but there are plenty of steps you can take to keep them at bay. 

Start Your Day Right

It all starts in the morning…

As tempting as it may be to hide under those covers for just 5 more minutes, 5 minutes can easily turn into 20…

And before you know, you are late for work. 

Chances are you don’t want to jump into your workday feeling stressed/rushed due to sleeping in.

You’d want to start the day feeling relaxed and well-rested. 

Almost all tasks feel much harder when time is of the essence. 

Opening up your email and getting your list in order just ten minutes earlier than you usually do can help you feel ahead of the game and give you some extra confidence. 

Stay Organized

Have you ever had one of those days where you were supposed to email something over to a co-worker but completely forgot until they sent a friendly reminder?

You quickly open up your desktop but can’t find the document anywhere. At that point, you can’t even remember if you saved the document. 

That’s when the nerves start to kick in. Not such a fun feeling.

We’ve all been there or in a similar situation at least once.

We’re human, and it happens.

However, staying organized and ahead of the game can help prevent stressful events like that from happening.

“Plan ahead when you know a situation will arise that causes you stress. Recognize the triggers and have.” – Cathi Spence

Reflect/Prepare

None of us are good at everything. None of us are fearless. We all have things we wish we could improve upon.

Sometimes those fears or uncertainties can show up at work and cause a great deal of stress.

Here’s an example. Let’s say you have a fear of public speaking (which is very common) and your boss asks you to lead next week’s virtual conference.

Even though you are proud to have been considered, that doesn’t make you any less afraid.

You have two choices. You can either spend the rest of the week feeling anxious and stressed.

Or you can prepare yourself to the best of your abilities and remind yourself that everything will be just fine. It all comes down to the stories we tell ourselves. 

Forgive Yourself

None of us are perfect. We’ve all sent emails with typos, and we’ve all misunderstood an assignment at least once.

When we make a mistake at work, generally the first thing we do out of habit is apologize. 

However, at times we can forget one very important step.

We can forget to forgive ourselves, look for the lesson and move on.

In business and in life you never fail. You either live or you learn.

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You Can Still Network During COVID-19 – Here’s How

Networking events are a fantastic way to meet like-minded people, grow your network and hand out business cards. 

As you know, in-person networking events and conferences have been put on hold for almost nine months now.

Just because we can’t actually get together with people face-to-face does not mean networking is off the table. 

We just have to go about it in a slightly different way. 

Keep on reading to learn how you can safely network during COVID-19.

Log Into Zoom Events Early:

Several speakers have been organizing virtual events via Zoom during the pandemic.

However, having solid one on one conversations via Zoom events isn’t always an option.

That is if you join the event on time…

A great way to sneak in some one on one time with the speaker is by attending the event 5 – 10 minutes early.

Chances are, the speaker will already be logged in to ensure everything is set up correctly.

You can take that opportunity to introduce yourself and even ask them a question if they have time. 

Follow Up:

Forming solid relationships takes time, energy and effort.

The simple act of following up only takes a few minutes but delivers results! 

Keep in mind, your follow up techniques don’t have to be fancy. 

A couple of days after the first meeting, you can send them a short and sweet email thanking them for their time and advice.

And about 2 – 4 weeks later, you can email them again to touch-base.

Be Active On Social Media:

Posting on social media is amazing, but it’s not always enough to form solid relationships with like-minded people.

Networking online does take some time and energy, but it will be well worth it in the long run.

Taking even 10 minutes out of your day to like and comment on popular content can help get your name out there. 

Don’t be afraid to start conversations with people who don’t know. Every friendship and business relationship has to start somewhere!

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Be Careful - Your Smartphone May be Hurting Your Health

Be Careful – Your Smartphone May be Hurting Your Health

Smartphones can be our best friend and worst enemy at the same time.

They help us connect with loved ones, learn new things and can prevent potentially dangerous situations.

However, they can also be quite distracting and can prevent us from living a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

With that being said, here are a few ways smartphones can be used to your advantage.

Sleep With Your Phone Off

Keeping your phone right next to your bed can be extremely distracting.

Even if it’s on silent, the light actually stimulates your brain to stay awake.

Not exactly what we want before bedtime.

So, you may be thinking to yourself “But, what about my alarm?”

Great question.

Invest in an old-fashioned alarm clock. You’ll be surprised how much easier it will be to fall asleep without all the distractions and need to check social media.

Exercise & Activity

The app store has an endless supply of apps to choose from.

Some of them are great for our health, while others are great for entertainment.

There’s nothing wrong with playing games on your phone once in a while.

But some of these games can become addicting and decrease your daily activity.

Exactly you should make the switch to fitness apps. Some apps track your steps, remind you to work out, or even guide you through workouts.

Again, there are several to choose from, so it comes down to personal preference.

Productivity

Did you know that putting full attention into our activities make us happier?

It isn’t exactly easy to fully concentrate when your phone’s constantly going off.

Take a minute to think about how many times a day you check your phone. It could be dozens!

Put your phone on airplane mode, turn off push notifications and enjoy the boost in productivity.

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