The following guest post by Julia Merrill fits perfectly into my “Reluctant Parents at Work” series, which are posts that I write from time to time about how difficult it can be to go back to work after staying home with your kids and/or just being a parent and having a full-time job. Some of it comes from my own experience, and some of the posts will come from others, such as this post below. Jobs and careers can be full of stress, and so can parenting. So what I like about this article is that it gives you tips on how to improve your career while NOT creating more stress for yourself. If you have any tips to add to what Julia says below, please feel free in the comments. Also, check out Julia’s article on sleep here.
6 Ways to Grow Your Career Without Growing Your Stress by Julia Merrill
If you are a busy business owner or professional, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and severely stressed out. High levels of stress, however, can negatively impact your ability to focus and achieve success. Stress can even be bad for your health. So how can you achieve your work goals without burning yourself out? Try adding these helpful tips to your work routine.
Make Marketing Easy
When it comes to marketing your business, try not to worry too much. Using social media is a simple way to drive more customers to your business. Many small business owners use Instagram to grow their client list and help their business gain exposure. If you have an Instagram profile, but don’t have a healthy following for your store, you can use these tips from Oberlo to go from 0 to 10,000 followers in around six months. Simple steps, like joining engagement groups and reposting photos from popular profiles, can net you the follows you need to grow your business with minimal stress.
Keep Yourself on Task
A chaotic workday can make you feel chaotic all over. Staying on top of your to-do list and tackling one work task at a time is a good way to maximize your productivity. Try using productivity or task management apps to keep your work organized throughout the week. You can input your daily work list and set up reminders that will help you stay in control of your schedule. If you need a more visual method to track your work, try using a planner or, even better, a Kanban board to make the most of your productivity.
Declutter Your Workspace
Having a disheveled desk can wreak havoc on your work and your mental health. Clutter can lead to increased stress levels and feelings of anxiety, so get your workspace in order. Clean up your desk and grab some organizational accessories to help you keep things tidy. If you have a ton of papers stacking up, try embracing the benefits of digital storage solutions. Breaking your paper habit is a good way to preserve your sanity and the environment at the same time.
Practice Healthy Habits
When work has you working long hours, it can be challenging to leave room to take care of your health. But practicing wellness habits, such as eating whole foods and taking time to sleep and recharge, can actually help you ward off the negative effects of stress. According to Healthline, regular exercise boosts the production of endorphins, the chemicals that relieve stress, so leave time for workouts as well. By using these self-care steps to keep your body healthy, you can keep your mind clear and focused enough to achieve your business and career goals.
Avoid Overloading Your Schedule
If you are just starting your career or business, you may find yourself taking on a lot of tasks. While success does take hard work, you have to know when it’s okay to say “no” to taking on additional responsibility. Saying “no” in your work and personal life can save you a lot of stress and preserve more time to make your business into a success. So don’t feel like you have to attend every party or take every appointment that may be offered to you. Leave some time to focus on your success and on keeping yourself happy and healthy.
Get Out and Get Some Fresh Air
No matter how busy your work gets, it’s important to take breaks — and even take time off — every now and then. Get out for a walk in the park during your lunch breaks or take a day off to spend hiking in nature. When things get really stressful, it may even be beneficial to take time to simply relax and do nothing. Inc.com suggests taking time off to rest and recharge actually makes workers more productive, so that vacation may just be the key to your career success.
Getting ahead in business shouldn’t have to mean getting in over your head with stress. You can boost your productivity and make your business successful by following these healthy business practices. So stay healthy, stay happy, and stay committed to your success.
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