Between commutes, budgets, client demands and deadlines, it's no wonder work can be a huge source of stress. More than three quarters of workers are feeling the pressure, too: An overwhelming 77 percent of workers say they are sometimes or always burned out in their jobs, according to a CareerBuilder survey. How can you tell what's worth stressing over and what's not such a big deal? Here are some common areas of stress, as well as tips to help deal with those sore spots while still performing well at work.
The key to battling stress. If you're concerned that your business is struggling or that your team doesn't have the funds, go over budgets to find areas you can cut back on. Also ask if there are ways to improve productivity, like investing in training sessions or new technology.
Manage your time. Workers are expected to do a lot with a little amount of time: commuting, handling deadlines, getting over-scheduled with too many responsibilities and also bringing work home or checking in through phone and email. If you never feel like you have enough time, it's likely because you don't have enough time to yourself, free of distractions or work demands.
First, organize what responsibilities you have at work, as well as outside of work. Also include what priorities you'd like to make time for, be it projects at work, spending more time with family, getting to the gym regularly or simply being able to leave work at work.
Next, organize your schedule to play to your strengths. Do you have more energy when you first come into work or later in the day? Schedule your biggest tasks around when you have the most time and energy to commit to them. If you tend to slow down in the afternoons or later in your shift, this is a better time to tackle smaller tasks like answering emails or regular, day-to-day business.
Look for the sources Sometimes small amounts of stress from different areas of work or life can add up to an overwhelming feeling that spoils any feelings of productivity or happiness at work. If this is the case, start a running list of what triggers stress or worry throughout the day. By identifying the sources, you can start looking for solutions. Check out these tips for managing workplace stress:
- Keep an updated calendar and to-do list to manage responsibilities and avoid missed deadlines or appointments.
- Sidestep fatigue by taking breaks from your desk or workplace, even for a few moments, to allow yourself to mentally reset.
- Exercise regularly, get enough sleep and eat foods that keep your body satisfied and full of energy.
- Have hobbies and interests outside of work to keep you from fixating on job-related concerns.
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