Controlling Stress

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”

– Bruce Lee

Despite frequent attempts to retain positivity in the workplace, stress may often be a commonplace feeling in your day to day. Stress is a natural process when dealing with high impact and hardworking environments. However, fully accepting stress as something that cannot be controlled will only cause further hardship on your day to day mindset. It is important, for this reason, to identify and manage stress as much as possible. Here are a few steps you can take to better control stress in your work life.

A major contributor to daily stress is clutter and disarray. This may come in the form of a messy workplace, a pile up of emails, or just a general lack of clarity in daily tasks. Managing these issues can vary from person to person, but for all, excess in any of these areas almost always leads to unnecessary stress. Solutions may be to only check emails at designated times throughout the day and making it clear your particular communication policies with employees. Relegating these typically stressful elements to contained areas throughout your day will allow them not to hang over your head and cause more stress than necessary.

This same philosophy can be transmitted to other areas of the workday, such as meetings and other forms of communication. Regular meetings should have structured and clear outlines where all parties involved are aware of the tasks at hand. This allows meetings to flow more freely without the bored or stressful feeling of not knowing what will come next or when it will end. Oftentimes, meetings can be boiled down to one or two clear goals, and a widespread understanding of this goal can help everyone have a focused and stress-free attitude to complete the task at hand.

With all areas of stress elimination, the main challenge is controlling and utilizing communication. As with an overabundance of emails, or overlong meeting practices, knowing when to limit communication can be positive overall to your production and mental health. The key is being clear on these matters and allowing others to work with you in a way that best allows present and future productivity.

Kelly D. Scott
The world’s leading business advisory and executive coaching organization