Battling Workplace Anxiety: How to Stress Less and Get More Done

We recently discussed time management and marketing your business. This relates.

As a business owner, you can find yourself under a ton of stress really easily.

Not having enough time or customers is one of the big reasons.

This week we’re back with Jim McKinley of Money With Jim, who offers some amazing tips to deal with it.


As an executive or business owner, it can be difficult to get everything done in a single day.

Between constant fires that must be quenched and trying to strike a balance between work and home, the pressure to perform is physically and emotionally exhausting.

Check out the following list of tips that can help you get the most out of yourself without overworking your system.

Take Time Off

It sounds counterproductive, but time away from work can actually make you more efficient.

Even something as simple as a long weekend in the mountains can help you change your perspective and arrive back at work with a fresh set of eyes and the ability to crank out new ideas.

According to MarketWatch, nearly half of all American workers don’t take their full allotted vacation time.

This adds up to a lot of stressed bodies in small spaces.

Make sure to take at least one restful retreat each year and encourage your employees to do the same.

Read

Reading is one of the single most effective things you can do to reduce stress right now.

In fact, whether you notice it or not, your heart rate is probably slower and you feel more relaxed while reading this article than you do plugging numbers into your computer.

Reading is also a great way to promote positivity where your mental health is concerned.

Don’t limit your reading minutes to books on business; get lost in a classic novel or new literary work.

Organize Your Workspace.

If you work from a home office, you have both your personal and professional lives in one place.

This can equate to lots of clutter.

From to-do notes to random coloring books left behind by the kids, a home office can get wrecked fast.

You won’t be as effective if you’re distracted looking at excess coffee cups, nail polish, and assorted bits and pieces of things you’ve picked up walking through the house.

And since time is money, it pays to clear off your desk and design your home office for maximum productivity.

Organize Your Life

It’s not just the state of your workspace that makes a difference between nine and five.

If your life isn’t in order, you won’t have the mental capacity to be an effective leader or small business owner.

Tie up loose ends as soon as you see them unravel and you’ll have fewer brain-drain distractions to manage during the day.

Get Enough Sleep

Whether you are a morning person or a night owl, the amount of sleep you get when your head is on the pillow can affect you the remaining hours of your day.

A lack of sleep can make it more difficult to concentrate and even make decisions.

Medium.com cites several studies that underscore the importance of sleep and reports that some of the deadliest accidents in modern history may have been attributed to sleep deprivation.

And while you likely won’t cause a nuclear meltdown, failure to grab your Zs can hurt your bottom line.

Quit Trying to Be All Things

Here’s a fun fact: Multitasking might not be the most productive way to tackle your day.

There’s no shame in taking things one at a time and handling your personal workload before you lend a hand to your fellow managers and directors.

Why you should help out when you can, you’ll be more valuable if you’re not constantly thinking about all the things you should have done.

Outsource Tasks You Aren’t Good At

There is a reason businesses have departments.

Some people are simply better at certain tasks than others.

Delegation to the right parties can speed things up in the office and help you build a more efficient and successful team.

It isn’t a weakness to admit to yourself that you need to find a way to manage your workplace woes.

Keep in mind that stress is directly responsible for up to 27 days worth of lost productivity per employee per year.

This means taking that five-day vacation is the best possible thing you can do for yourself and your company.

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About the author:

Jim McKinley
A retired banker, Jim loves the feeling of helping people make the most of their hard-earned money. It's that sense of accomplishment that inspired him to start Money With Jim. He may be retired, but that hasn't stopped him from wanting to make dreams come true.