Thursday, 24 January 2013

How to beat stress and get productive

Do you ever have days when you just can’t settle?  When everything is urgent and nothing is getting your full attention?  Being unproductive at work is no fun and although shutting up shop and coming back to it the following day is one option, it’s not a great one.  The work will still be there the following day.

So here’s my top ten list to beat stress and get something useful done.

  1. Go for a walk.  After the first ten minutes my head starts to clear, ideas come to me and I’m less stressed.  I sometimes take a notepad with me to jot ideas down so I don’t forget them.
  2. Have a cup of tea.  This always works.  In fact I often have a cup of tea even if I’m not stressed.
  3. Make a plan.  This really should be at the top of the list.  I find that NOT having a plan is the cause of the stress and once I’ve got something down on paper, even if it’s a simple To Do list, it starts to become easier.
  4. Do the first thing on the plan.  Ha!  Suddenly you are ahead of the game and stress starts to disappear.
  5. Tidy up.    
  6. Call a friend – a problem shared is a problem halved.
  7. Eat toast – it’s not the greatest nutrient in the world, but it has very soothing qualities
  8. Do a small job – it’s better than going round in circles doing nothing
  9. Do a difficult job – you feel massively better once you’ve made a start.  Suddenly the whole world seems brighter.
  10. Have a bath.  It calms me.  My head fills with ideas because I’m calm.  Then I jump out of the bath to get going on one of them.  Difficult in the office though …

What's your best tip to beat stress and get productive again?