4 Ways to De-Stress Your Day
While increasing productivity & happiness
1. Create a List
Start your day by making a list of tasks that need to be accomplished that day. This will alleviate stress by removing the possibility of forgetting something.
Prioritize your tasks.
Start with the highest priority task instead of the fastest task to complete.
Complete one task at a time.
Multitasking will increase stress levels and hinder productivity.
From the list you created, choose your first task and set your phone timer for 45 minutes (turn your phone upside or place your phone in your desk drawer) and fully commit to staying present for that period of time on only the task at hand.
Turn off alerts and notifications on your computer and phone, as they can create temptation to jump to an unrelated task.
Only keep open the computer screens related to the task you are working on.
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3. Take a Break
Take breaks away from your work space.
Change of scenery will reduce stress by giving your mind a rest and increase your productivity and focus when you return back to work.
Preferably get outside for your break even if only for a few minutes.
If you can’t get outside take a few minutes to stand by a window and get some natural light.
While on your break:
Put your phone and any other electronics away.
Take a few moments to think about something that brings you joy.
Catch yourself if you start thinking about your to do list or the task you were working on prior to your break and redirect yourself back to keeping this a time for you to relax.
4. Give Yourself Credit
“Always concentrate on how far you've come, rather than how far you have left to go.” ~Unknown
Don’t forget to acknowledge yourself for everything you got done in your day!
Positive messaging will increase your mood and overall happiness & health.