Any average business would be having thirty to hundred projects to manage. It is believed that modern workers face interruptions seven times within an hour. This amounts to 2.1 hours of distractions in a day. As corporate restructuring is common these days, four out of ten people working in larger firms need to face uncertainties pertaining to their futures. This is the reason why 40% or more adults are plagued by stress due to the events at workplace. Everybody at workplace feels overly busy and overwhelmed.
What can be done to maintain focus at workplace and minimize distractions? Is there anything that can be done for saving energy levels after the work hours? How can one keep cool even during stressful situations? As per research carried out at Harvard University for ten years, the following strategies can be followed to prevent stress from taking a toll on one’s personal life.
Do not react. Rather act!
People feel stressed when they think that situations are not under their control. This triggers the stress hormone and can wear down concentration and confidence of an individual. There is a need to identify the controlling aspects of the situation and figure out what cannot be controlled. You are in control of your responses and actions. You however cannot control tones of other and macro forces.
Change your perception
You feel stressful due to events that occur at your workplace due to your interpretation of facts. You perceive things with your own filter which is often covered with self-doubt. All you need to is to step back and develop an objective viewpoint. This will prove out to be more effective and you would not take things personally. For instance, let us consider an example of an employee of a large firm who requested the human resources department to recruit more people for completion of a very important project. When the team denied her request, she turned defensive and angry. She believed that the human resources department did not trust her abilities. She never stopped to consider why the request was turned down. The human resources department was battling budgetary issues. Once she realized the matter, she spoke to the department and tried to sort out things to complete the project.
Elimination of interruptions
People feel bombarded throughout the day. Phone calls, emails, instant messages pop-ins and tight deadlines make the workers feel distracted and stressed. You have no control over interruptions. All you have control over is your response. You can consider responding in three ways: interruption acceptance, cutting off interruption and diagnosis of interruption. Several interruptions are recurring. These can be easily interrupted. You can speak to people around you; close the doors of your cabin when you just need to focus on work completion. Following few simple steps can help you eliminate the interruptions and leave you stress free.
Plan your day to focus on activities rather than disruptions
People adopt a push through approach during their work hours. They want to get more tasks accomplished in lesser time frame. Pushing people lowers the productivity levels. This in turn shoots up the stress within the environment. This leaves people exhausted by the end of the day and they barely have any energy left to spend quality time with their family. Scheduling breaks and going for a walk can help lower the stress levels. You can do breathing exercise and stretch at your desk. Having intense concentration for a period of ninety minutes followed by short break can help people in recovering. This would also help people rejuvenate themselves and prevent stress buildup.
Sleep well and eat right
Not eating appropriately will affect your system badly. This would leave you stressed. You need to adopt a high-protein and low sugar diet. If you are not sleeping well, then you would not be able to rejuvenate yourself. Sleep is essential for body to recover. If this is not happening, then people would not be able to perform well at workplace. Practicing few simple tricks would help you knock down fast. You need to cover the right nostril and breathe through your left nostril for five minutes.