The clock has struck five o’clock. The whistle has blown. It’s time for work to be over. Finally, you can drop everything and attempt to put today’s troubles away until tomorrow. You can finally loosen your tie, be finished with work, and leave all your problems behind for a few hours.
It’s very tempting to start clock watching forty five minutes before you are scheduled to leave. When time strikes 5pm people rush to their car, fighting the traffic of other people doing the same thing trying to get home. You are angry at every other driver on the road because they are “an idiot”. When you get home, a whole array of problems are waiting behind your front door that you know need to be dealt with.
Have you ever stopped and asked yourself if things have to be this way? Why do you have to be stressed? Well you don’t. You can manage your stress by doing a few simple things.
1. Finish up any tasks that remain. Many people will start the day behind the proverbial eight ball by having to finish paperwork and tie up loose ends from the previous day. Take a small amount of time by finishing things up, and it will save you a lot of time in the morning. Every minute you spend completing a task, is equivalent to fifteen minutes of time you would spend the next day. So look at it like this, spend a minute now and save fourteen tomorrow.
2. Exercise. Whether you like it or not stress will build in your body throughout the day. If you don’t find a way to release all that built up anxiety, it will take a toll on not only your body, but also your mental health.
3. Review your day. Some people say that experience is the best teacher. Well it’s not. It never has been! EVALUATED experience is the best teacher. Take time to review productivity, not only how you have been throughout the day, but take toll of how the people you lead have done. Review your task list from the beginning of the day and compare it to how you actually did and what was accomplished. People are happy when they are productive, so keep a record of your small wins.
4. End in gratitude. It’s a good idea to keep some type of journal. At the end of the day, record the lessons you’ve learned and the things that have helped you be the person you were that day. When you feel overwhelmed or mentally beat down, pull out your list of things that are good in your life and it will lift your spirits. You’ll find out that the scales between what’s wrong and what’s right will be tipped to the side of what’s right. It will be your own personal “Book of Encouragement”.