Gain peace of mind at work
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 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.