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  1. 1. (YES, YOU CAN) REDUCE STRESS (AND WORRY) THROUGH EFFECTIVE WORK HABITS
  2. 2. Who’s responsible for your work-related stress? It seems that every job has some degree of stress, and studies show that small amounts can be motivat- ing. Alternatively, too much stress has been proven to impact our physical and mental health negatively. Many stress factors are out of our control, but there are some we can reduce or eliminate, once we ac- knowldge them. This e-Book is going to share with you how to reduce stress by using effective work habits. First, let’s determine what we’re personally responsibly for, and how we can change that. You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge. Many of us aren’t even aware of our bad work behaviors. We just know we are stressed. We end up blam- ing our profession, boss, coworkers, or the company forgetting that we are the ones in control. We have the power to turn many negative behaviors into positive ones. Does any of these behaviors describe you? • Procrastinator: Putting off projects until the last minute • Disorganized: Can’t find what you need at a moment’s notice • Loaner: Don’t collaborate, keep to yourself • Debbie Downer: See the glass as half empty The good news is that since you created these bad habits, you have the power to destroy them Think about your bad work habits. Acknowledge them by writing them down. Examples might be avoiding work, resisting change, not taking breaks, taking things personally, gossiping, or isolating yourself.
  3. 3. Uncovering your stressors To help reveal your stress causing bad habits we suggest using a journal and documenting your day’s activities and observations. For example, it’s Monday morning: • What time did you start work? Were you on time? • What was your attitude upon arriving to work? • Throughout the day, were you on time for your meetings? • Were you involved, engaged? • Are you respectful of your coworkers around you? • Is your work space messy? • Do you take personal calls? • Who did you speak with throughout the day? • Were those conversations positive or negative and gossipy? • Did you take breaks for nourishment and to reenergize? • Did you leave on time? • Did you take work home? Once root causes are identified, only then can we create new, positive work habits which will lead to our being productive at work. In the book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie says: “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” Eliminating bad habits reduces stress Below we highlight three common, unproductive work habits known to lead to stress, along with the positive actions you can practice that will eventually become your new, healthy habits. And, in no time, you will start to be more effective, resilient, and ultimately feel less stressed at work. 1. Poor time management 2. Disorganization 3. Having a bad attitude www.dalecarnegie.com
  4. 4. 3 Work Habits to Reduce Stress Time Management, Organization and Attitude Control We have found that time management, organization skills, and attitude control are the three key drivers to reducing stress in the workplace. Let’s examine how your work habits fall into each of these categories and begin forming new and more productive ones. Using your personal bad habit list, let’s put each habit under its corresponding heading. Time Management The first area for reducing stress in the workplace is Poor Time Management. Lacking this skill leads to missed deadlines, financial losses, stressed relationships, and even job loss. Here’s how you can improve this bad habit: • Show up early: This allows you to mentally and physically prepare yourself for the day. • Maintain a daily planner: A planner will help you stay on top of tasks and is an essential tool in helping you become stress-free (OR LESS STRESSED). Writing it down can assist you in visualizing where your time is spent and possibly wasted. • Be present: Pay attention in meetings and don’t let your mind wander, stay engaged. • Avoid procrastination: Find what motivates you to get the job done. Determine what are your most productive hours of the day. • Set priorities: Set daily priorities or goals and stick to them. Tackle the projects in order of importance. • Protect your private time: Make time to have a life outside of work instead of bringing it home. At Dale Carnegie, we invigorate your employees by uconvering their natural strengths, and building the courage and confidence they need to take command of their role.
  5. 5. Organizational Skills The second area in reducing stress in the workplace is Organization. Your ability to stay organized is the key to being productive. • Simplify your approach: Think about the things that you can start or stop doing to simplify your work style. • Drop unnecessary activities: Identify the activities in your work week and figure out which ones are not needed and track any positive changes. • Write things down: Remember to take down important notes that you can reference later. Utilize free tools and apps to help you manage the day-to-day. Attitude Control The third area critical in handling stress is Attitude. If your attitude is under control and positive, everything falls into place and begins to improve. • Connect with coworkers and use their names: Getting to know your co-workers will ease you out of feeling overwhelmed by stress. • Let things go: Don’t internalize thoughts and situations you cannot control. Relax and take a step back. • Take charge: Be in charge of your attitude, workload, and relationships to have the energy you need to get through a stressful day. • Stay calm: Do what you need to stay calm. Find what calms you, e.g., going for a walk, leaving your desk and going to lunch, etc. Avoid quickly getting angry and overreacting. • Appreciate the uniqueness in others: People’s differences are what allow us to collaborate well. People bring unique perspectives to the table, and if you embrace these as opportunities for success, stress can subside, and you will see a new perspective or idea when you look for others’ strengths. “The best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today’s work superbly today.” -Dale Carnegie
  6. 6. Copyright © 2016 Dale Carnagie & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved. STRESS AND WORRY PRINCIPLES from Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living Worrying can lead to stress in the workplace. Stress can incapacitate us. Worrying about upcoming deadlines or a challenging new project can cause us to become unproductive and for some can cause us to shut down. In his book, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie gives you techniques to help diminish worry and stay on track. 1. Clear your desk of all papers except those relating to the immediate problem at hand. 2. Do things in the order of their importance. 3. When you face a problem, solve it then and there if you have the facts necessary to make a decision. 4. Learn to organize, deputize and supervise. Principle 1: Live In “day-tight” compartments. Principle 2: Ask yourself what is the worst that can possibly happen? Principle 3: Remind yourself the exorbitant price you can pay in terms of your health. Principle 4: Write out and answer the following questions: - What is the problem? - What are the causes of the problem? - What are the possible solutions? - What is the best solution? Principle 5: Keep busy. Principle 6: Use the law of averages to outlaw your worries. Principle 7: Cooperate with the inevitable. Principle 8: Decide just how much anxiety a thing is worth and refuse to give it more. Principle 9: Expect Ingratitude. Principle 10: Count your blessings, not your troubles! Now you can say, I will stop stressing and worrying today! Let us know what you think of this eBook so we can continue to improve your experience and bring you useful content.

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