90% of office professionals experience office stress in some form. But many of them experience stress from their own habits and workflow and don’t even realize the impact it’s having.
Sitting up straighter, drinking enough water, and taking frequent stretch breaks are all important but so is how you go about prioritizing your day, how you file data and even how you respond to both coworkers and customers.
Others can pick up on your stress and it can bring down how your superiors see you as professional. It’s ok! I have an easy solution!
Here are 3 easy steps to make your day flow better and leave the office feeling calmer.
1. Sort your email
I know that many other articles say to avoid your email in the beginning of the day but what they aren’t telling you is that when you live out of your email for tasks, it can be hard to avoid your job. The best way to overcome this is to sort your emails into 5 key folders.
ii.Read and respond
With these 5 folders you can see your day clearly from start to finish. Don’t pick up anything from your inbox unless it’s urgent. Start with the 5 folders and work through them by priority. You can thank me later.
2. Start with your least favorite task and work to your easiest or most favorite task.
Doing this will allow you to get what you hate done and out of the way so that the rest of the day you can breathe easy knowing it is done and you no longer have to stress on it. When starting this task make sure that you have everything you need at hand to tackle it and complete it with as few breaks as possible. Being human we naturally want to procrastinate on tasks that we don’t like or seem hard to do. Then when it comes down to the wire, we panic causing more stress.
3. Don’t let distractions get in the way.
This means turn down the notification sound on your phone and computer for when and email comes in. It takes on average 7 minutes to refocus on a task once distracted. Close your office door or use earbuds with white noise to block out outside noise. If you can keep on track and power through, you’ll be surprised how fast you become a completing tasks and how much time you’re saving in other areas. Not to mention how much your boss and coworkers will notice the improvement.
Holly McPherson is a full time single mom who went entrepreneur and built an agency of virtual assistants in order to create a life around her kids and not her job.