Fatigue and worry can sometimes be a given with just about any job you have, even for those with the “perfect” job doing the things they absolutely love. For many, there’s always too much to do, too little time, not enough resources and then of course there’s always the issue of involving multiple people with different personalities and different things going on in their individual work and personal lives.
According to the principals outlined in Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, here are six tips for preventing fatigue and worry, while also keeping your energy level and spirits high.
- Rest before you get tired. There are always warning signs that you’re starting to get tired and starting to lose energy. Try to find ways to rest and relax before those warning signs become overwhelming symptoms and burnout, which are harder to “cure” once they’ve settled into place.
- Learn to relax at your work. Work doesn’t always have to be a place where you have to stress out and worry. Whether it involves moderate levels of interaction with others outside of work-related tasks, taking a walk and getting a breath of fresh air or simply walking away from your desk and taking a quick break from the task at hand. Whatever may work for you, find a way to relax and rejuvenate while at the office.
- Protect your health and appearance by relaxing at home. Some people have the mentality, “What I do outside of the office is my business!” This is fine, but keep in mind that what you’re doing outside of the office can still impact your work, between your attention-levels, level of energy and mood. So, have fun outside of the office. Nobody is trying to deny anyone of that, but keep in mind that your health and work performance can be greatly influenced and improved with rest and relaxation at home.
- Apply these 4 good working habits:
- Clear your desk of all papers except those relating to immediate problems or tasks at hand.
- Do things in the order of their importance.
- When you face a problem, solve it then and there if you have all of the facts needed to make a decision.
- Learn to organize, deputize and supervise.
- Put enthusiasm into your work. Not every task is exciting and invigorating, but your work is as fun or exciting as you can make it out to be. How you approach your job, your task at hand or your coworkers can make the biggest difference in the outcome. So put a little “umph” into it—and do it with a smile on your face!
- Don’t worry about insomnia. What comes first? Worrying or insomnia? It’s hard to say, but the more you worry about not being able to sleep, the more you won’t be able to sleep. So, find some relaxation techniques that bring your heartbeat down and create an environment for yourself to rewind and eventually fall asleep worry-free!
You can learn more about these and many more principals outlined by Dale Carnegie by picking up a copy of How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. You may also want to check out some of the training sessions offered by Dale Carnegie. Here’s the schedule for those out of the Central and Southern New Jersey region.
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