to Reduce Stress in the Workplace
A planning journal is a useful tool for reducing stress in the work
place. Planners come in all sizes and can cost from $5 for a simple
calendar with space for writing, to upwards of $300 for a leather bound
portfolio. The choice is yours.
What information should you write in a planner? It should include everything
you do. Using a planner will help you to keep focused on the tasks at
hand. It will give you direction for major projects, and will help to
give you direction on your over-all life goals. Here are some ways that
your planner can be used:
- Create your professional, personal, and family mission statement.
Corporations use mission statements and so can you. Write down a list
of your goals: learn public speaking, increase your friendships. As
you do things, check to see how well they fit your written plan.
- Changing situations on your job (like getting a promotion, downsizing,
or a new boss) can add to stress. Write down your thoughts and feelings
when things like this occur. This will help you to clarify issues
that are going on in your life.
- Dont rely on your memory. Write down appointment times and
important dates. Include activities outside of the job, like doctors
appointments, birthdays, or your childs school play.
- Block out time in your planner for relaxation, watch a movie or
visit a friend. Also schedule time to do nothing. Everyone needs to
have quiet time.
- List activities and deadlines for the week. Review these first thing
on Monday morning. They should be reviewed everyday to measure your
- On your list of things to do, face the unpleasant tasks early in
the day and get them done. You will feel better.
- Learn to say no to extra projects and social invitations. By using
your planner as a guide, you can see where you are over scheduling
- Write out a list of your latest successes. Include things that you
do best, your values, dreams, and accomplishments.
- Rememberfor everything that goes wrong, there are some blessings.
Look back in your planner and count them!
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