Category Archives: Stress

Log progress against stress

Face the causes of your stress head-on and work through them. Continue reading

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Relax Already! For Dummies® Shares Ten Habits of Highly Effective Stress Managers

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re like the millions of people who are stressed in every aspect of their lives: at work, at home, in relationships, financially and even by the “little” things like traffic jams and rude cashiers. Continue reading

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Mastering Life Balance: Achieving Greatness at Home and at Work

Expert advice for managing work/life balance. Continue reading

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Be the boss, not a therapist

Looking back at my least productive days as a manager, it always came down to people problems. The promising employee who wasn’t performing. The toxic employee who had the rest of the team in a tizzy. The employee who sat and vented about the stress of work, instead of actually doing the work … Continue reading

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5 simple ways to deal with workplace stress

An article in The Wall Street Journal last week described some of the programs employers are investing in to help workers deal with workplace stress, which it notes ranks just behind financial worries as the top cause of stress. One program involves a daylong retreat and two-hour sessions every week for two months to learn “mindfulness-based stress reduction” … Continue reading

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Sit up and take notice of this

I learned an important—and painful—lesson once when I moved my computer. Shifting it 90 degrees from a lower-level stand to my desktop allowed me to face my team members while I worked, but it also placed my keyboard higher than elbow level. Within a couple of weeks I started to have difficulty holding my mug of tea, because my wrists were damaged from pressing against the edge of the desk when I typed. Fortunately my wrists healed quickly after I moved the setup to a more ergonomic position … Continue reading

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Never send these emails on Friday afternoon

Several years ago, an article by Tim Ferriss made me aware of the bad habit of sending “BIF” (Before I Forget) emails during off-hours. As the author of The 4-hour Workweek, explained, that sets an expectation of people working 24/7. Soon afterward, I realized that I was guilty of sending another annoying type of email. I call it the Friday afternoon “Tag—You’re It.” … Continue reading

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A lesson on how you can ease back-to-school stress

As I was discussing after-school options with some other parents recently, one told me about a mom who took a late lunch break every day to shuttle her daughter between middle school and an afternoon program. Students’ return to school doesn’t necessarily make life easier for working parents … Continue reading

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The NEW Time Management Model (Part 2)

Question 1: Should I do this? | This is the most important question. This is where you have a “come to Jesus” moment with yourself and reject the rose-colored glasses, perfect vision of yourself that you had 20 years ago and instead embrace your not-so-perfect reality to determine where you should really focus your energy … Continue reading

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The NEW Time Management Model (Part 1)

As I pondered my own personal experience and productivity best practices, I developed what I call “The NEW Time Management Model” that doesn’t focus primarily on how to get more done in a day. Instead, it focuses on how to get more accomplished that really matters—two really different approaches. Instead of blindly adding items to your to-do list, ask yourself these four key questions and you’ll spend your time more wisely … Continue reading

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