How to deal with stress at work

Maria Papadopoulou By Maria Papadopoulou, 29th Sep 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Dealing with stress at work is important in order to work efficiently.

Stress at work

With tons of obligations to meet on a daily basis, stress at work is unavoidable. How can anyone stay calm when the boss wants the report to be ready yesterday? Difficult as it may be, it is however not impossible to deal with stress at work.

Prioritize your tasks

If you try to complete all your tasks at once, it is perfectly understandable to get stressed out. Unless you are a robot, it is unlikely to be able to do a good job and deliver on time when trying to write a report, answer the phone, read your emails and organize your folders at the same time. And because on some level you are aware of this, you get stressed out, as you know that you will not be able to make it. Get into the habit of prioritizing your tasks. On the top of your priority list you should have the tasks that should be delivered within a very short period of time. Then you can proceed with the most difficult or most lengthy tasks, to get them out of the way and avoid worrying about them all day long. After you finish with all the above, everything else will seem like a piece of cake.

Ask for help

Stress at work often occurs when you try to juggle everything on your own. Worrying that you will be considered incompetent or lazy if you ask for help, you try to do everything on your own, even if you have serious questions or are on the verge of burnout. Asking for help is only human and under no circumstances does it undermine your abilities. Sometimes it is the only way to get things done effectively and punctually. Furthermore, it strengthens your relationships with your colleagues, as you all have to cooperate smoothly.

Do not bite off more than you can chew

Avoid biting off more than you can chew at workplace. Knowing everything is just not possible and trying to impress the boss by accepting assignments that you cannot handle will only backfire, as you will come off as irresponsible and unreliable in the end. Jack of all trades, is a master of none. Promising less and ultimately delivering more is the best way to remain calm and make the best impression.

Avoid procrastination

Do not postpone for tomorrow, what you can do today. Create a schedule and make sure that you will follow it to a tee. It is best to finish all your tasks ahead of time and have nothing to do for quite a while, than postponing one task after another and end up having to do all of them within a few hours.

Take breaks

Taking short, frequent breaks will help you relax, clear your head, do something you enjoy and go back to work full of energy. A 5-10 minute break every hour is ideal.

Conclusion

Following the above outlined tips, stress at work will be dealt properly, without affecting negatively your job performance or your relationship with your colleagues.

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Ask For Help, How To Deal With Stress At Work, Prioritize Your Tasks, Procrastination, Stress, Work, Workplace

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author avatar Maria Papadopoulou
I am a certified health visitor and i also hold two bachelor degrees in translation as well as a bachelor degree in subtitling.

I have been working successfully as a professional freelance translator and proofreader with several prestigious transl...(more)

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author avatar LOVERME
30th Sep 2010 (#)

its my personal experience that sex is the bestest stress reliever
of all reliefs

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author avatar Maria Papadopoulou
1st Oct 2010 (#)

LOL, yeah, but i am talking about workplace.

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