Stressful and time-consuming work can often lead to procrastination which can cause clear negative impact on a person’s comfort and satisfaction. In life, there are many personal habits you can do to improve yourself and diminish the impact of stressful and time-consuming work. Sometimes it can be a small, 5 seconds task that can save hours of hassle later on, or an hour-long task that makes life feels more fulfilling. This 2-part series will look at a variety of habits that you can take today to deal with stress at work and time-consuming tasks to improve your personal life and your career.
Itemize: start with a list of 5-7 points and expand on it as time passes. To ensure that you accomplish all of your tasks, determine a set of items to do each day. As time passes and you start to feel that you have been able to accomplish your weekly goals, you can expand the number of items every other day until you reach a personal bottleneck. Be mindful that working at 110% capacity at all times can lead to overwork when emergencies of new key tasks are added to the plate. Not all items have the same level of effort, so take that into account. This will help to create a habit and habits are easier to maintain over a longer period.
Think of medium and long term goals: determine a set of goals for both personal and career advancement. Some will start with improving basic administrative work in the office while others may think of keeping their house clean. Figure out what activities and outcomes will be able to additively or multiplicatively add value to your life in the short, medium and long term. Remember to add smaller, manageable tasks to the list, they may seem unnecessary at first, but it can help you feel better for completing a task, it can also add up to something bigger in the future. Building medium to long term goals can be the difference in getting a valuable career certification that can land you that promotion, or learning about that new hobby that you always wished you knew but never put the time to learn. Aim to have a balance between everyday tasks that needs to be accomplished such as laundry and 1-3 hours per week practicing something new or studying for a new certification/ skill for your work.
Make your goals SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely):
Feed your body and your soul: don’t leave other aspects of your life behind. It is important to be healthy and have some peace of mind now and then.