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Break It Down, Don't be Overwhelmed

 In your daily work life, it's easy to become overwhelmed. 


Expectations are high.  Demands are constant.  People phoning, attending to the front desk (if you have a 'shop front'), everyone wants their questions they asked today answered yesterday.

How do we cope? Stress is a huge factor in today's work place.  We were told that computers and going digital would make work easier; however, many can attest this is not what has happened.

A few tips I'm learning:

Break it down.  What has to be accomplished first? Is there a few small jobs on your list that can be done easily and quickly? Which jobs will take longer and do they need to be done today or later in the week?

Plan your day.  Some people find daily planners helpful or creating tasks with deadlines.  Some may find a list for each day helpful or notes in their diary.  Whatever works best for you.

List.  I am a 'lists' person.  I love lists.  Probably drives everyone around me crazy.  I love routine and planning what needs to be accomplished.  However, life and work life don't usually run naturally on lists. You will need to account for sudden change and the upending of your plans.

Breathe!  Take a moment and just breathe.

Complete a task that helps you calm down.  For me, its digital filing - crazy I know, however it's a routine of doing the same actions.  You may find making a pot of tea or taking a 5 minute walk helps.

Move!  Don't sit in one place.  You need to move.  Have your printer or photocopier away from your desk so you must move.  Administration and secretarial roles are often sedentary.  Lack of movement, or routinely doing the same movements can lead to muscle aches and pain.

Remember, today is just one day.  

Breathe...just breathe



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