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August 2008


Dealing With Workplace Stress Productively

Everyone has job related stress.  Some handle it better than others, and their lives and their careers are richer for it.  We have studied successful people in this area and arrived at a few commonalities.

Your personal success rests on your ability to handle stress. Want to achieve real success?  Try these strategies.

Key Strategies

1. "The past does not equal the future."

Per Anthony Robbins. Just because you tried something once, or a million times, and it didn't work out as you hoped don't stop trying.  Change what you are doing a little and try again.

2. "Live in day-tight compartments."

Courtesy Dale Carnegie, you must stop trying to relive the past, or pre-live the future.  All you have control over is here and now.  Focus on today and the joys you can bring into the lives of those you touch.

3. "Take a walk."

From Jude Biedenkapp who prescribes that several times a day you stand up, leave your office, and walk for five minutes (outside if possible).  Get away from the stressful environment before it gets the best of you.

4. "List everything you need to do.”

Instead of thinking about how much work there is, just write it down on a list.  Then decided how much time each project will take.  Then find a place for each activity on your daily to-do list or schedule within the next several days then get back to living in day-tight compartments.

5. "Procrastinate procrastinating."

From Anthony Robbins who acknowledges your need to put things off.  He suggests that in order to reduce stress and satisfy your procrastination need you should put off putting off.  Decide that you will procrastinate next week.  Then get to work.

6. "Get a life."

Each person needs to develop a fulfilling private and social life, which you go home to after the workday.  Spend quality time with loved ones, perform charitable volunteer activities, play games or sports (adults love games even more than kids do).  If it makes you feel better you can schedule time to do this on your planner.

7. "Get a pet."

A bird, a fish, a dog, a cat, some kind of animal.  Therapy for stress often involves animals.  They provide a feeling of love, warmth, and of being okay.  Your need for a pet didn't end with childhood.  And the cost of a pet doesn't have to break you budget.  Animal shelters have an abundance of low cost, low maintenance pets available for immediate delivery.



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