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In 2023, 875,000 people reported being stressed at work – That’s equal to the population of Oslo, Norway! Just imagine a city where every single person is stressed.

It just has to change. Not for the sake of business, but for your own personal health.

We’ve been helping people reduce their workloads for over 25 years, so we know a thing or two about reducing stress in the workplace.

Here are 5 tips that we’ve picked up along the way that will help you lead a calmer, more organised work life…

Prioritise your workload

Often, one particular case, task or deadline is the cause of stress in the workplace; you know, finishing that proposal or filing that report.

That’s why prioritising your to-do list is helpful. Create your list of jobs and highlight them in order of importance: Urgent, semi-urgent and not urgent (you can even colour-code them if you like!).

At the start of the day, look at your list and start with the urgent jobs first. You are probably more focused and alert at the start of the day and getting these big jobs out of the way will give you a real sense of accomplishment – And most importantly, make you less stressed!

Streamline your processes

Do you ever have to do tasks in your working day that you really don’t like doing? Or tasks that make you think “this could be so much easier”? – Those right there are your pain points!

Solving or at least improving those pain points will save you a lot of stress and ultimately make your day-to-day easier.

For some, this is done by automating certain tasks, and for others, through larger projects such as implementing speech recognition software to speed up admin. However this looks for you, it’s all about making your workflow simple and tailored to you so that you don’t have to sweat the small stuff.

Take time away

We know, we know, the last thing you want to do when you are stressed about work is take time away from work – We get it!

However, even the smallest of breaks have a huge effect. Going for a lunchtime walk or having a chat with the team whilst making a cuppa are all ways to remove yourself from your work, even for a moment.

Not only do breaks take you away from the project and provide you with a clearer perspective upon returning, but they also allow you to take a breather. Without them, you are in a continuous pressure cooker of stress which will be detrimental to your health (and work!).

Delegate where you can

“Don’t worry, I’ll just do it myself” – We’ve all muttered that once or twice, haven’t we? The truth is, although we think we’re being helpful, we’re actually putting ourselves on a one-way route to burnout.

Establishing clear boundaries of what falls under your job description and what doesn’t will help you better manage your workload and stress in the workplace.

It takes strength to pass jobs onto someone more fitting, but that is what makes a great team! And it of course works both ways, you will be there for them when they need it too.

Be kind to yourself

If there’s anything to take from this article, it’s this! We all have things that we need to get done and deadlines to meet, but it’s how we handle them that matters.

When work is piling up, it’s easy to work overtime or stay up late to get it done, but sometimes taking a minute for some fresh air or a nice long bath is exactly what we need to return with a refreshed outlook or a new pair of eyes.

After all, a little kindness goes a long way!

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