Hopefully you all seized the opportunity to grace yourselves with precious whanau/family time, as well as time for yourself over the festive season. As we head into 2017 settling ourselves and our family into our daily routines of work, school and other activities can be a mission and readjustment again.
Here are some tips to reduce some of those stressors in the year ahead.
If you can, buy yourself a diary . The local $2 shops stock these at reasonable prices.
Plan ahead – remember the old saying, “ If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
To do lists – are great. When you know what you’re doing or where you’re meant to be, you can stay on track.
Do this first thing in the morning until it becomes routine.
Prioritise – look at your list, identity what is urgent, what is non-urgent. Almost anything is manageable if you work smarter.
Be Realistic – make sure your plans are achievable. Setting goals that you can’t reach will only lead to disappointment and you may give up. We want to prevent that from happening.
Be Flexible – and prepared to change the game plan if needed. Situations change, so it is good to have a bit of flexibility. Remember “Change provides the option for alternatives.”
Ask for Help – from friends or colleagues. It means you’re humble enough to say you don’t know everything and strong enough to reach out to learn something new. Where you can, learn to delegate to others.
Have good boundaries in place for yourself. Only do what you can, when you can and tell others when you can’t.
Find the strength to say “NO”. At the end of the day we are all replaceable. If that’s too hard for now, then at least say “I need time to think about it.”
At the end of each day find time to de-stress.