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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Stress Busters

With two teenage daughters at home I know stress. In order to be effective and productive we all need to manage stress so that it doesn't control our actions (think road rage).

I think we all can agree that project management can be stressful, however we need to manage stress or it will manage us.

Here are some great ways to reduce stress.


Schedule your day to avoid back to back appointments; allow time between appointments to gather your thoughts.

Reduce your intake of caffeine

Don’t depend on your memory. Write things down.

Learn to enjoy waiting. Take an iPod or book to read while you wait.

Don't procrastinate. Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

Don't be Rigid. It isn't the end of the world if the yard doesn't get mowed this weekend.

Get enough sleep.

Learn to say "No"! Sometimes it is hard, but necessary to keep your sanity.

Don't be negative. Stop saying things like, "I'm not smart enough", or "I'm too old".

Learn the difference between "need" and "want”. We need food, water, and sleep. Most everything else is a "want". Don’t let life's "wants" take control of your time and resources.

Do the tasks you don't want to do early in the day.

Have a forgiving spirit. Accept that people aren't perfect, and they will make mistakes.

Be optimistic. Believe that most people are doing the best they can.

More to come next time.

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