Last week was a very stressful week of work for me. In my industry, the 20th of the month is “settlement day,” which means that tens of millions of dollars exchange hands on that day. So, there’s a mad rush of things that happens the week before that, which can get very stressful.
It made me think about the things I do at work to try and reduce that stress level. Here are four things that I do to help reduce stress during these times:
1) Get organized (create a list) – This always helps me the most – to create a list and realize what I actually need to get done. I can get overwhelmed if I don’t have things laid out in terms of what needs to be accomplished. Lists also help me to prioritize. This is always the first thing I do.
2) Ask for help – I am bad at this, but I am trying to learn to better ask for help. I try to do everything myself, but that usually just leads to being more overwhelmed. If there is something that somebody can help with, I try to ask, which takes a little work off my desk when needed, which is great for stress relief.
3) Think about what I’m doing it for – At work, when things get really busy, I often think about my motivations for work. Right now, that motivation is saving money so my wife and I can take a big trip around the world, and take time off to travel. When I get stressed out, I think about that, and that helps.
4) Step away – When worse comes to worse, sometimes you just have to step away and take a quick break. It can help to clear my mind and re-focus. When needed, just stepping away can have good benefits.
What do you do when you get stressed out?