How Not to Worry About Work: The Ultimate Guide
Are you worried about political events? You're not the only one, so don't think too much about the future. You must focus on the present. Doing the same set of tasks for years is a huge achievement, but there are certain factors that can lose your motivation. You start to have trepidation about what comes next. Don't ever think about it.
You're about to read a what-to-do list, which should help you get through a working day without a sweat. You can finish the (working) week on a high note, even look forward to the next working week. The hard work means that you deserve a break, so try to make the most of your weekend. A stress-free life is attainable.
Easing Your Anxiety About Work
Know your priorities. What are the tasks that must be done immediately? What are the ones that you can skip (and do it later or the next day)? What are the ones that can be delegated to your workmate? You can answer these questions during your first hour in the office (or the last hour). It's all about making your workload manageable enough.
Create rituals. These are the activities that can be done in a few minutes or more, which should help you feel energetic (or enthusiastic) about work. If it wouldn't be enough, then you might have to add a walk in a park every other day. (The weather may not permit you to do it often, though.) It's up to you to think of what else to do.
Ask for help. You're not supposed to do all the assigned tasks by yourself (unless your boss told you so). If you don't understand something, then ask your colleague (for clarification). If the workload is overwhelming you, then speak to your manager. Owning it won’t make you look like a fool, not even be seen as incompetent by any capacity. You would be surprised by the support of your workmates. After all, you're all in this one together.
Say "NO" as often as possible. You want to prove your worth by willing to do the tasks that can stretch you thin. Look ahead first. Can you do it in the long run? If you think you can, then ask yourself again. Do you foresee the work affecting your sense of calm? You may find it hard to answer this question, as you wouldn't know how this can turn out. If you keep on looking forward to your next holiday (after you've been to the northern parts last month), then you may have a case of wanderlust. But think again. It might affect your finances, not to mention your relationship with your family and mates. If your superior doesn't care about any of it, then there's the red sign for you.
Aim for shorter periods of work activity. There's nothing wrong about long periods of uninterrupted work, but you might miss lunch. You may forget the loo. And it's not a good thing to be unaware of the time. Do it slowly yet surely unless the task must be done in an hour or less.
Find a trusted colleague. It may surprise you, as you're not supposed to look for friendship in the office. It's fine (if you believe in it), but you might need to seek a workmate whose opinion matters to you. There's no harm in revealing your little worries.
Evaluate your workplace. There are cases that it might not be you, but rather the management. If you have computers that haven't been replaced with new ones after ten years, then you must assess your position. Does it give you problems in motivating yourself (to work harder)? If the answer is yes, then it may be high time to bow out. Think about your situation, though. It would be wise to look for another job before you resign from the company. This must not be a hasty decision, and you must read more.
Establish email boundary. You can check your inbox during your first hour (in the office), if not after working hours. Don't do it during a tea break. And working during lunch hour is out of the question. If it's an urgent task, then you might want to make an exception on it.
Treat yourself every now and then. Visits to the nearest pub won't count as one. Watching a game of football (or cricket) with your mates may not be good enough. And staring at an electronic car won't do at all. You can check out Virgin Trains, and see if it's possible to make a weekend trip to the Midlands, if not Scotland. You might want to visit the museums more often (if you happen to be based in London). And you haven't been to Southwark. Your (former) coursemates have recommended Globe Theatre, but you don't have the time. Perhaps NOW is the time.
Don't sweat the small stuff. Stress results from little instances that pile up over a period of time. You will see the signs unless you tell yourself that you can handle it. Watch out for further signs, though. It can prompt you to seek help. And you can't ignore it.
Don't Play the Blame Game
If you're too late to learn about the above tips, then don't feel sorry for yourself. You can still take charge and make a turnaround. You can opt for a well-deserved break if you have money to spare. Plan it ahead. If it's not enough, then a long sleep is another good option. It also helps to look at the gray sky a bit differently.