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ur STRESS So, what’s the solution for people who feel they are locked in a battle between the stresses of work and life? Gray and Jackson have developed the following steps:

1 Write out your personal or your career mission statement.

Who do you want to be as a person? Where do you want to go as a professional? This is the foundation for everything you’ll work toward. Write out your mission statement and make it short, but memorable. Jackson says that you need to know what your target is before you can begin to aim for it.

2 Develop personal or career goals.

Now, break your mission down into different goals and set dates for when they’ll be completed. Accomplishing these goals will help you achieve your mission. Make sure some goals are short-term and others are long-term.

3 Align behavior with goals. Now it’s time to look at yourself in the mirror. Can you actively work toward each of your goals? If so, write out what you have done today, this week and this month toward each goal. If your behavior isn’t aligned with your goals, you’ll either need to change your behavior, or change your goals.

4 Clean out your electronic inbox, for real.

You need to get organized. Start with your email. Delete what you don’t need and organize what you must keep. Gray says that doing so will actually make you feel “lighter and better.” It will also lay the groundwork for better organization in other aspects of your life.

5 Write out and rank a to-do list for each day and month.

Write down everything that needs to be done. Make sure to prioritize the items that are tied to your goals. It’s easy to get sucked into trivial tasks, so make sure the important things are at the top of your list.

6 Tone down your perfectionism.

Trying to make things perfect can eat up time and add to your stress. Jackson notes that no one has ever won an award for the best memo or best email ever written. Know when to say something is good enough and move on to the next thing.

7 Delegate. Do only that which only you can do.

According to Gray, we all have someone we can delegate to, or at least get assistance from. Whether it’s asking a coworker for help in running the

numbers on a project, or having your kids wash the dishes, finding the right person for the job keeps you from getting bogged down.

8 Work on big tasks in small increments.

Sometimes, when you are working on a big project, you need to chip away at it. It’s impossible to write a book or finish another large task in just a day. Taking a break to mentally recharge is also helpful. Understand that ahead of time, but also make sure you make regular progress toward completion.

9 Procrastinate consciously.

Gray and Jackson say that, unconsciously, big projects tend to scare people. As a result, they’ll put them off and work on smaller, more insignificant projects first. Just the opposite needs to happen. Procrastinate on the smaller, less important things and tackle the big stuff.

10 Just say “no.”

You won’t do yourself any favors by saying yes to everything and to everyone. If a project doesn’t align with your goals, don’t feel obligated to take it on.

Spring 2016 | New Mexico State University | Panorama


Panorama - Spring 2016  

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