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Monday, April 30, 2012

Keys to Successful Living and Stress Management - Part 10

Take one day at a time, one task at a time, one step at a time

3 Tips to Break Down Tasks to Manageable Stress-Free Levels (Action Steps Included)

Ever find yourself being overwhelmed, frustrated and then depressed because of all the things that you need to get done? Responsibilities can range from preparing meals, cleaning house, getting the laundry done, doing an efficient and effective job on your business or at work to finding time to nurture yourself. How do you deal with all of this without becoming so stressed out in the process?

The next 3 tips will help you break your tasks down to manageable stress-free levels.

Tip #1 – Take one day at a time

You cannot live in tomorrow. Today is here and you need to deal with what’s on your plate for today. Worrying about tomorrow never resolves anything. The only thing worrying does is add more pressure and anxiety on you. What you focus on doing efficiently today will influence tomorrow. So do what can be and what must be done today and don’t put off what you can do today for tomorrow.

Action Step – Ask yourself, “What’s the most important thing that I need to get done today?” Prioritize your tasks with the most important on top and the least at the bottom and check them off as you get each task completed.

Tip #2 – Do one task at a time

You can only walk through one door at a time. Instead of focusing on all the things that you must get done, focus on completing one task at a time. Are you a multi-tasker? Multi-tasking may not always be the most effective or efficient way to get your work done. However, if you focus to completion one task you can quickly move to the other and in no time you’ll find that you’re getting more done in less time.

Action Step – Look at how many tasks your most important project has and then put in order which one needs to be done first, then second, then third etc. Focus on getting number one done and then move on quickly into the second followed by the third.

Tip #3 – One step at a time

Each task that must be completed has smaller steps to take to complete the whole. It’s like going to the grocery store. You need to take one step at a time before you get there; like getting your keys to your car, going outside to the car, unlocking the door, getting in, starting the engine, and all the in between steps to driving the car, taking smaller roads that lead to main roads which takes you to the grocery store.

Every step counts. It all adds up to making your grocery store experience a reality. You know that by doing these small steps you will get to the grocery store.

Now it’s time to apply the same principle in the tasks that you begin and lessen your stress by focusing on the step you need to take right now that will automatically take you to the next step until you reach your goal.

Action Step – Look at the action steps that you’re taking that are sabotaging your efforts to completing your tasks. Are you chatting on the phone or texting your friends when you should be cleaning or doing your work? Why not wait until you’ve completed your tasks and then get together with your friends? 

Look at other ways you could be using your time wisely so you can quickly get through your most important tasks and still have time for the other things that are not so important.

Did you know that deepening your spirituality and having a routine of regular quiet time in meditation reduces your stress and helps you become calmer and gain clarity?

If you're tired of feeling tired and you had enough of being stressed out, I'd like to invite you to a Free 30- minute Self-Empowerment Coaching Session. Let's end the vicious cycle and help you manage your stress levels, your emotions and take control of your life.

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