Gain peace of mind at work

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BODY, MIND & SOUL - By ELLEN WHYTE

ARE you all stressed out at work? See if you’ve gone off the rails by fall­ing into th­ese com­mon traps and get your groove back.

You’ve made too many prom­ises

You have two dead­lines ap­proach­ing but when the boss asked for vol­un­teers for the Chi­nese New Year kids party, you said you’d bake a cake.

Now you know you’re go­ing to be over-stressed and you may have to fall short to boot. Avoid over-com­mit­ment by plan­ning in fine de­tail.

Di­vide your work into mile­stones, mark your dead­lines in a di­ary and if your work­load is ex­ceed­ing the time you’re given, tell the boss ex­actly what you need. Also, learn to say, “No.”

You’re di­rec­tion­less

You’re not sure where you are, where you’re go­ing or what you ac­tu­ally want.

Take charge of your fu­ture by mak­ing a one-year, two-year and five-year plan. Ask your­self where you want to be in five years’ time, and then work out how to get there.

Now you know what you want, plan for cour­ses and ex­pe­ri­ence that will get you to your goal. If you work with peo­ple you like and ad­mire, ask them to men­tor you.

You’re sur­rounded by toxic co-work­ers

Neg­a­tive peo­ple will get you down so if it’s one or two peo­ple only, keep the chat to work mat­ters only: “I’m pushed for time at the mo­ment; can we con­cen­trate on XYZ?” should do nicely.

Also, cut off any at­tempt to so­cialise. “I use my lunchtime to catch up with my kids/go for a run/study for an in­for­mal course.” If you can, re­place meet­ings with e-mail. If all your col­leagues are aw­ful, get a new job.

Di­vide our work into mile­stones and mark out our dead­lines for a more peace­ful time at work.

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