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If you’re anything like me, you have a lot on your plate. And, of course, the minute you accomplish one task, two or three more pop up! Don’t let your seemingly endless “to-do list” weigh you down.

Instead, consider these simple tips to keep your workplace stress in check:

1.   Forget the to-do list. I bet that sentence just rocked your world. Try blocking your time instead and managing your list from a more calendar-ized approach. For example, schedule an hour for sales calls, an hour to work on that new proposal, and an hour to follow up on emails, etc. Blocking your time in segments each day gives you time to dive in without scrutinizing a list for direction.

And, if we’re being truly honest, the easiest things on your to-do list are probably the ones that get done! There are likely a few projects that have been at the bottom of your list for a while… 😉

2.   Schedule everything. If you have scheduled time to do it, you’re more likely to get it done! For instance, I always recommend to my clients that they schedule a few hours each week to follow-up with their networking leads. Whether that is phone calls, emails, coffee meetings, or after work drinks, you need to make the time to take the time!

3.   Give yourself a break. Seriously… add it to your schedule. Did you know that even 10-minute bouts of exercise can reduce your workplace stress? Schedule yourself an hour to work on a big project and top it off with a 10-minute walk. This will give you time to stretch, clear your mind, and come back refreshed for your next block of time.

Finally, at the end of the day, remember you are hard working, successful, and you’re doing a great job! And like they always say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day!” So, don’t forget to celebrate the little victories along the way.

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