I feel so much better on the weekends and on my time off now that I’ve reassigned my work mobile phone for just work use.
When I got the work mobile, it was with the permission to use it for personal calls, too – seemed like a good deal at the time, and I dumped my then personal mobile for the Blackberry.
On to much stressing and calls at inappropriate times and work email at all times of the weekend.
I’ve gotten rid of most of the callers by now, but the emails refused to budge.
I tried to just ignore the Blackberry, turn off the emails, the strange anxiety when I saw the red light blink stayed.
Enter the solution: I got a personal mobile, again.
The Blackberry gets turned off on the weekends and in the evening. For the moment I’m forwarding my calls cause friends and family don’t have the new number, yet.
And the anxiety disappeared. Almost immediately.
Now on to work on my stress levels at work! 1 week ago
Another smaller goal I’ll group here – I need to take things slower with my emails.
I found myself today responding to an email again without really processing all the information in it.
Leading to several responses and not the most professional impression.
So, my next step to reduce stress will be not to answer email in a rush when skimming it.
Take some time and reread the email and my response.
It will save myself a lot of confusion…. 2 months ago
As usual, I’m overwhelmed by a long list of things that need to get done. Big projects are looming over my head threatening to crush me! Mr. Harmless’ advice was to just concentrate on one task at a time. Obviously, I’ll always have multiple projects going on: losing weight, training the horses, learning dressage. Maybe just taking one home improvement, financial, or writing project at a time will keep my brain from exploding.
Today’s project: take my trailer in for servicing. Oh, and call about the service light and vague burning smell from my truck that I just picked up from the shop on Wednesday. Um, and I have an appointment at the Apple Genius Bar to get my iPad issues dealt with.
Yeah, this is hard! 2 months ago
I’ve found that my happiness goal helps me a lot – to remember the happy things, and to see that they sum up to something bigger than the work stress.
And strangely, my listening goal, however young it may be – I tried it once more at work today and it might help, too. It takes a bit of the hurry out of me.
So, I’m hopeful.
Not stressed. 3 months ago
Despite having been sick three times in the last three months with stress related diseases, I’m still stressing too much.
So much I come home and want to drop into bed and not look at the world anymore or else I’d cry.
Time to refocus.
Breathe. Balance. Center. Work on happiness and thankfulness goals. Slow down. 3 months ago
I realized this morning that I have more current goals and projects that I have realistic time to actually complete. The gap between my expectations and what I actually accomplish is making me miserable. I’m either going to have to let go of some goals completely, or at least postpone them For now.
To keep my expectations more realistic I’m going to try to make a list of the things I want to get done in a day and then try and pencil in when I’m going to do them. Hopefully, after a few days, weeks, or even months doing this I’ll be able to make more realistic plans.
The hard part is knowing what to let go of!
On another note, I finished reading, Feeling Good, but didn’t’t finish the exercises. I’m vacillating about whether or not to go back and do them. The author’s follow up book, Feeling Good Together, was so appalling that it has kind of tainted the first book for me. 4 months ago
I’ve decided to change the name of my “stop working too much” goal, because I’m not working too much anymore, it’s that I’m having too much stress.
It seems I’ve already come a long way, so here’s to my new goal!
picture via pinterest6 months ago