If you have been in business for any time at all, you know that dealing with issues is a part of your day to day activities. Sometimes it feels like we bombarded with issues and we don’t have a chance to even take a breath!
I remember when I stepped into my first project management position, it was not just days but weeks where I was putting out fires. It was such a draining experience that I realized I needed to find some help on how to manage stress and confront issues.
As we learned last week in 5 Secrets to Managing Stress, there are some great ways in order to nip stress in the bud before it takes over our lives.
As I was thinking about this series on managing stress I was forced think, what can we do when stress or issues arise that cannot be avoided?
There are somethings in business and in life that need to be dealt with. For some, the process of making a decision can be paralyzing. For example, hiring an employee or deciding whether or not to merge with another company.
Here’s the heartburn.
By allowing stress to hinder our ability to make quick business, project, or life decisions, we are doomed to succeed. It should be imprinted in your mind – in neon – that a business that is not continuously improving is failing.
So how is it possible to managing stress and issues in the best way?
Below are 4 steps to putting stress into perspective that will allow you to make the best possible decisions in the midst of chaos.
Get all of the facts.
– This allows you to remove any distracting opinions or assumptions.
Write out and answer the following (literally):
What is the problem?
What are the causes of the problem?
What are the possible solutions?
What is the best possible solution?
Weigh all of the facts – then come to a decision.
Once a decision is reached, act! –
– Don’t just know what to do any never fix the issue. Actions speak louder than words!
Remember, just like developing any other skill, it takes practice and continuous evaluation of your progress in order to reduce your stress.
Did you find these tips helpful?
Have other ways you put stress into perspective? I want to hear them so comment on this post!
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Thanks for reading,
- Posted by Buildaga
- On February 29, 2016
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