Stop Stressing: Two Tips
Here are two tips that have helped me immensely:
1) Question your assumptions about when something requires an immediate response. Knowing that I’m addicted to urgency, I’ve disciplined myself to ask people, “When do you need this?” when they make a request instead of dropping everything to help them when they may not need it for days or even weeks. Surprisingly, they usually ask for it later than I would have delivered it. Asking for a due date instead of making an assumption means less stress because I have more flexibility to plan my work and deliver a quality product.
2) Spend time on important items like your sleep, diet, exercise, and planning to increase your ability to handle stress and decrease emergencies due to poor planning or insufficient time to think through problems. For every hour that you spend planning, you will save 20-200 hours during the execution of your project. Also, invest in strengthening relationships with others to minimize conflict and get support through challenging times.