I am just as guilty of letting stress get to me as anyone else. Which is why I am really looking forward to tomorrow. Leslie has some great insights into being a more effective leader by being a more whole person.
We all have ways that our stress affects us. I know that stress sabotages me with:
- Staying up late to wind-down. I then am too tired to exercise the next day and overeat in search of more energy
- Losing my temper with my family – particularly with my kids
- Distracting me from giving my full attention to the most important things – causing my wife to shutdown after the third empty “uh-huh” because I am not really listening
- Looking for an escape in entertainment instead of taking care of my home.
Many times we create our own storm of stress. I teach my clients when they complain of this to develop personal systems to minimize their self-imposed stress.
In case it helps you, here are my biggest sources of stress and how I minimize them.
Problem: Setting unrealistic deadlines for myself.
Solution: I try to add about a fourth more time than what I really think.
Problem: Allowing the easy jobs to take all my time without touching the most important.
Solution: Plan the day before I start and schedule a time for the most important tasks
Problem: Failure to delegate.
Solution: This is part of “planning my day”. The things that need to get done, but don’t need me directly are determined while I am planning.
Problem: Not living in the moment
Solution: I have to eventually unplug and engage when it is time for my family, volunteering, or personal time. A deep breath and an intentional re-focus brings me back.
So what stresses you out and how do you handle it? Please share with us below!