Learn to Organize, Deputize and Supervise

July 29, 2011
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There is always some stress at work.  There are deadlines to meet, urgent work that comes up, and sometimes mistakes that have to be fixed.  So you rush around trying to meet all of those demands, and you find that there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done.  The same can be said for your home life.  Things begin to pile up until you just don’t know where to start in getting everything taken care of.  That is when it is time to make some changes in your life to reduce your stress.

  • Organize – Make a list of the things that you have to do in the order of their importance, and stick with your list as much as possible during your day.  There may be days that you are not able to finish everything on the list, but that’s all right.  Add them to the list for the next day.  If you make it habit to write your list each night before you retire for the night, you will rest better knowing that you have your tasks organized.
  • Deputize – Put someone else in charge of some of your tasks.  For example, children learn responsibility by being given different chores to do, such as sweeping the floors or washing the dishes.  At the office, your coworkers can be a gold mine of assistance if you ask them.  Getting things done sometimes takes some team work, so don’t be afraid to ask when you need the help.  You will find that people are usually more than happy to lend a hand if they are asked politely.
  • Supervise – Once you have your network of assistance in place, go back to your list and check to be sure that each task is being completed.  For instance, you might want to check on your teenager to see if the dishes got washed and put away, or check with your coworker to see if your report is finished.  Remember that supervising is not giving out orders, but rather watching over the work in progress.

In following these tips, you will reduce the stress in your life and have more time for other positive activities.  You may decide to visit some friends, see a movie with the family, or just spend some quiet time with a good book.  But reducing stress contributes to both a healthy mind and a healthy body.

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