Prioritising For Optimal Stress Management

Stress is so stressful that sometimes we actually stress about stressing. What a mind game!

It’s something which affects everyone at one point or another. Luckily, there are many ways to cope with it, such as exercise, self-love, and mindfulness. Use the keyword “stress” on our WellHub and arm yourself with a bunch of useful tools!  

Prioritising is essential to managing stress. This skill is applicable to all situations—whether it’s personal or work-related. Once you have a template to use you can apply it to all busy areas of your life.

Let’s have a look at how it’s done.

Keep your eye on the prize.

Perhaps you’re training for a marathon, trying to finish a big project at work, or planning a wedding. Don’t get overwhelmed by everything in between and forget your goal.

Trust that you’ll get there with a bit of planning and efficiency. Take it step by step while remembering how good it will feel later to pick the fruits of your labour.

Know your timeline.

The second most important thing to knowing what you want to get done is knowing when it needs to happen! At the start of your project, take note of all the crucial milestones. What are the key dates to work towards?

Make sure that you allow enough time to complete tasks by these dates. If you can tick each item off the list on time then you’re well on your way to success!

Make a map.

Get your plan out of your head and somewhere where you can see it. When you feel lost or overwhelmed take a look at it to get back on track. There are many forms you can use: categorised lists, a mind-map, a goal-tree, etc. There are even online and app organisation options such as Trello.

For formats such as lists, make sure to use headings which clearly define each milestone. Then your subcategories should be the steps need to read those milestones.

No matter the format, be diligent about creating this map. What needs to happen first, second, third…?  Don’t rush and forget anything important. Keep it up to date by adding in any new items that arise.   

Don’t get stuck.  

If a task isn’t critical and you’re feeling a bit stuck, just move on! Stepping away from a problem can help you regain mental clarity and focus. Tackle something in a different category and return when you feel ready.

Don’t shuffle through your responsibilities and goals without a plan. Prioritise what’s ahead of you to make the journey a whole lot easier!