8 Top Tips For Bored Stressed Out Folk Looking To Get Motivated

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It is a well known fact that stress kills, or rather stress induced diseases kill.  But research has shown that in fact boredom kills more people every year in the western world than stress does!  So it is important to manage both your stress levels AND boredom levels at the same time. 

That may sound hard, but if you think about it, you can do this easily by managing your time effectively.  Do this and you will get through your to do list efficiently, which will lower your stress levels, AND at the same time your mind will be focused on different things during the day, which will keep it active and interested!  After all, you simply cannot get bored when you are constantly presenting your mind with new information and opportunities!

However, this all needs to be done in a proper way.  A typical human concentration span for a normally intelligent adult is only about 35 minutes.  After that, your brain may start wandering.  It is at times like this that you find you are suddenly doing something completely different from what you started out doing!

So if this sounds like you, then here are my top tips to help reduce stress levels, decrease boredom, get more done and stay motivated.

1 Take scheduled breaks. 
It takes around seven minutes to get back into productive work once you have been interrupted, whether it is someone asking you if you want a coffee, a phone call or a comfort break.  So schedule a five minute break every 45 minutes and TAKE IT.  That way you will still have time to get back to your workspace, take your 7 minutes “recovery time” and still have 35 minutes concentrated work before your next break.

2 Drink water. 
The brain works at its best only when it is properly hydrated.  Adults should drink around 2 liters of water every day.  Try keeping a bottle of water by your computer and drink it slowly throughout the day. 

3 Use background music or don’t. 
For some people background music aids concentration.  Others need total quiet.  At least one person I know keeps the TV droning on softly in the background.  Find out what helps you concentrate and USE IT.  However, if you should find yourself actually watching the TV, switch it off and go for a proper break!

4 Tackle tougher tasks during your optimal time of day. 
If you are a morning person, do your product development or whatever during the morning and leave more mundane tasks for the afternoon.  If you are an evening person, reverse this.

5 Work on two tasks by switching between both. 
This works best if the tasks are on related topics, for example different aspects of the same project.  This allows you to stay focused whilst not getting bored with either task. It will ensure you stay motivated.

6 Put some potted plants around your computer.  Potted plants help you stay relaxed and motivated and help increase the oxygen in your thinking space!

7 Maintain a DONE list. 
To Do Lists can be very de-motivating as they never end and it is easy to feel overwhelmed.  However, if you add a completed task to a DONE list, you will stay motivated and feel a sense of achievement as you see it grow.  This helps reduce stress levels because you have tangible proof that you are getting somewhere!

8 Actively relax at the end of the day. 
Do this by taking a brisk walk with the dog, doing some simple stretches, taking a soak in the bath, doing a work out, actually playing with the kids, reading etc.  Let your brain know it is time to switch off and recharge.

Follow these tips and you will become less stressed, more motivated and kill boredom for good! Think I’ve missed any?  Let me know by commenting below!

And yes they are my kids! 🙂

4 Tips for Learning Time management in the workplace

An essential skill to master, effective time management will help you manage your priorities and accomplish more with limited amount of time. The success and failure of a business also lies in the ability of employees to manage their time well. The regular demands of work, relationship and leisure each calls for personal attention. These areas require personal management oversight in order to prevent unnecessary stress and increase productivity.

At work, it is likely that you have to juggle with multiple responsibilities. These include the multiple deadlines that you have to adhere to. The key to learning time management in the workplace lies in the following 4 key points.  

(1) Understand roles and job scope  

You must always understand your own job scope. When you are handed a task, make sure that you fully understand what is expected of you and your colleagues.  

If any doubt arises, clarify them with your employer. Roles have to be defined to prevent time wasted on completing someone else’s job.  

(2) Prioritize  

You need to focus your energy on one task at a given time. This gives you the maximum concentration and working capacity to produce a better job.  

Sometimes, you may end up with unexpected workload when your colleague or superior needs a last minute favor. Arrange your workload in line with the expected deadline and complexity of task. You will find yourself less overwhelmed as you work on one task at a time.  

(3) Time Frame  

You may have multiples tasks awaiting you to work on but do set a time frame to gauge time needed for each task. Try your best not to exceed the intended period.  

To do so you will need a high level of self discipline because very often, all your superior expect is for you to submit your work according to the deadline. Try to construct your own schedule for every on-going project with its target date of completion.  

Cut down on time spent chatting with colleagues if necessary to ensure no time is wasted.  

(4) Get it right the first time  

While you work on multiple deadlines, ensure that you produce quality work so that you won’t need to execute a correction on the completed task. This wastes precious time and energy.  

As Helene Malmsio from Time Management in the Workplace website says “Ensure that you have a clear idea of what you need to accomplish in your working day and be realistic!  

You will do yourself no favours by trying to complete a week’s worth of work in one day. All you will accomplish if you try this technique is a big ball of stress in your stomach and a head ache to go with it.”  

Learning time management in the workplace is actually not difficult. It may take time but once you’ve mastered the necessary skills, you will feel less pressured and be able to work better.  

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