Stress is just everywhere and most of it can be found in the workplace. News about company downsizing as well as the pressure to perform better and to produce more can bring about so much stress to every worker. It is ironic to note that simultaneous with the advancement of technology which is supposedly aimed at making people’s lives better, is the continuing rise in the number of people who are suffering from stress and anxiety. Many people these days constantly thirst for knowledge on how to reduce stress in the workplace so that they can still remain as productive as they can be despite the pressures around them. The following are some tips to boost your productivity in the workplace while keeping stress and anxiety at bay:
- Plan your activities a day before. You can do this by writing down the list of things that you need to do the following day, every after office hours or before you leave the office. List them in random first as soon as they pop-up from your mind. Then, rank everything according to importance by labeling each item with letters A,B,C, and D or 12,3,and 4.
- Make use of email for documentation. Your email will be your best friend when everyone else has forgotten what you have planned. An email is good at keeping track of what you have agreed together. Sometimes, it can be stressful to remember just where you have written a certain reminder. This is true especially if you are the type of person who always has the tendency to forget where you have kept your memo notebook.
- Be productive even when you are not in the workplace. This does not mean that you will deprive yourself of enough time for fun and relaxation. But, when there isn’t much to do especially on weekends you can still choose to be productive by making some plans for the coming weeks and write them down on your memo. You can also choose to work on something that’s giving you much difficulty during weekends when there is almost no interruption. This way, you will never have to suffer from stress because you get the chance to focus on it while your officemates are not there.
- Be prepared to give up doing some things in order to focus on much more important tasks. There are times when you have to get something done that is very important but within such a short notice. This is when you have to know which tasks from your “to-do” list you need to give up and put off doing until that “urgent“ thing is done. These are the times in your life when you feel so stressed but you know you shouldn’t be or else that certain task which calls for your immediate action can’t be done considering the short period of time you have to finish it.