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! 🙂

How Can You Start Reducing Stress Right Now?

Big businesses recognize the importance of stress relief for their workers and customers. In fact stress relief techniques and stress management programs are in increasingly high demand. But what can you do to cope with your stress right now? Here are a five quick stress busting tips you can use today to lower your stress:

Learn to Delegate

Delegation is an important part of managing workplace stress. If you insist on keeping all of your projects to yourself, then you will always be overloaded and stressed out. If there is no-one sufficiently qualified to do the projects, why not train up a junior?

Kill Perfectionism

If you always aim for “perfect”, you will never finish anything. Perfectionism leads to procrastination and your stress levels will soar as deadlines loom and everything is still on your to-do list. Aim for “good enough” in everything and your stress levels will reduce.

Don’t Make mountains Out of Molehills

If your colleagues constantly chattering at the nearby coffee machine disturbs you, or someone keeps coughing whenever you are on the phone your stress levels will rise quickly.  Work place stress becomes overwhelming very quickly if you get irritated about minor things. To reduce your stress levels simply have a quiet word with the appropriate person at the time the problem crops up. Do not let these irritations gather steam until you explode.

Keep a Stress Ball on your Desk

Stress balls are very affordable and effective stress relievers. Whenever you feel the pressure mounting simply reach for your squashy stress ball and start to squeeze it or roll your Chinese stress balls around the reflex points of your hand. Keeping stress balls on your desk means they will always be within reach when you need them.

Take A Break

Make sure you take your full vacation allowance every year. If you cannot afford too long away from your work, try scheduling a number of mini vacations. The whole world will not fall apart if you take some time to relax. Do something new. Being in a different environment will always lower your stress levels.

Remember to find something relaxing to do on your down time too. All of this will go a long way toward managing the stress in your life.  If you haven’t already done so, why not click on this link to download my free ebook on stress management techniques.