Business information written specifically for newspaper advertising departments

Keep Calm and Work On!

Tips for minimizing stress at work
Managing workflow, keeping clients satisfied and sometimes losing a sale — all of this can contribute to stress and anxiety. Of course, some of it is inevitable, however, if there are ways to manage stress and anxiety, those methods should certainly be considered.

 

Professionals of most any industry are subject to stress, anxiety and being generally overwhelmed with work. Sales reps and ad mangers are no doubt familiar with these emotions as well. Managing workflow, keeping clients satisfied and sometimes losing a sale — all of this can contribute to stress and anxiety. Of course, some of it is inevitable, however, if there are ways to manage stress and anxiety, those methods should certainly be considered. Thankfully, CBS Money Watch’s Laura Vanderkam published the article, “Four Ways to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed” to help all professionals with managing their day-to-day work life.

1. Be Realistic: Most professionals want to be the best they can be at their job to earn the respect of their boss and peers, but also for their own satisfaction. Oftentimes, this can lead employees to accept all incoming tasks and projects in order to demonstrate their worth and ability even if their schedule is already at capacity. Take a step back and assess how long your various projects take and allot a realistic amount of time to accomplish them, and if you simply don’t have time to take on another project, be realistic about that as well. It’s always better to give your work 100 percent rather than only giving partial effort to a larger amount of projects.

2. It’s OK to Say No: Similarly, if you just can’t add another project to your already busy schedule, then learn that it’s okay to say “no.” Not only is it inadvisable to not give a project your full attention and effort, it’s also unwise to say you can’t do something after already agreeing to it. If you know up front that you can’t take on a task at work, let your manager and co-workers know immediately — better sooner than later.

3. Get Your Rest: Often, when professionals feel there is not enough time in the day to accomplish their work, they will skimp on sleep. Moreover, if you’re already stressed, it might keep you up at night. However, a lack of sleep will only add to stress at work, so make sure you’re allowing for a full night’s sleep in order to keep your spirits up at the office and manage your work.

 4. Create a Routine: If possible, try to arrange your days with some continuity. For instance, try sleeping and waking at a similar hour everyday, checking your email at certain times of the day or dedicating a specific portion of the day to making calls, taking meetings and so on. It’s been found that having consistency and organization in your day will help you cope with sudden changes and new projects and lessen the chance of you becoming overwhelmed by your workload.

Likewise, we’ve found that there are a lot of mobile apps out there that can help organize your work life that will be certain to lessen your stress at work. Keep an eye out for our article on organizational apps for work next week!