- There is always going to be too much to do.
- Email in a process (never ends) not a project.
- People are more important than checking off tasks.
- “You can’t have everything; where would you put it?” - Stephen Wright
To build your emotional muscle, do these two things:
When you are feeling stressed or tired, learn ways to mitigate. Here are a few of mine:
- Stretch, roll your arms and shoulders, adopt a position of power (hands up in the air, or on hips) for a moment. Breathe.
- I use music to mitigate all day. I prefer instrumental, quiet, major chords with 60-80 beats per second (for more about the power of music, check out my first book The Accelerated Learning Fieldbook).
- Minimize coffee (I clearly don’t do this) and drink lots of water.
- Sit down, take a deep breath and do this to get back to base:
- See five things around you
- Hear five things around you
- Feel five things in your body
- Set your alarm for 3 PM (workday).
- When the alarm goes off, write down or just think of the following:
- Name the emotion you are currently feeling.
- Rate the emotion 1 low – 10 high in intensity.
- What are the three triggers that have caused this feeling?