Reducing Stress and Regaining Productivity – Basic Strategies

When I coach leaders on burnout, we pay attention to two things. First, and right away, address the immediate situation. Second, begin managing stress that often provides fertile ground where overload and burnout can gain a foothold.

Managing stress involves revisiting and putting back in place basic habits that will help you regain control of your own situation. This won’t solve burnout by itself. You have to deal with the immediate situation. But it is one part of the equation.

Getting yourself to once again pay attention to those basic things that made you successful in the first place will help you regain focus, confidence and control. I can assure you, a handful of these listed strategies will be helpful in how to get over burnout. It has been the case for every leader I’ve worked with for over 20 years.

The list that follows isn’t a fancy time management system. It’s a list of everyday habits that leaders, executives and professionals who want to do well, put into practice consistently. You may have gotten away from some of them. And while it is not the key source of your stress, it is a contributing factor. I’ve found that paying attention to things that ARE within your control, plays a big role in rebuilding hope and resilience.

For every habit you feel is important to you RIGHT NOW, you will find five days of self-coaching exercises. Pick a practice that seems most relevant to your situation and begin working on it. This isn’t about speed or brilliance. It’s about regaining control of YOUR time, energy, leadership, and confidence.

These 52 Coaching for Performance Strategies are taken from my book, 52 Solutions for Those Who Need a 25 Hour Day.

  1.   Use the 80/20 Principle
  2.   Plan Your Day
  3.   Conquer Your To-Do List
  4.   Harness the Power of Three
  5.   Capture Your Thoughts
  6.   Say “No” A Whole Lot More
  7.   Be Accountable
  8.   Prepare for Meetings
  9.   Plan Time for Renewal
  10.   Speak With Clarity
  11.   Create a Shield to Guard Your Time
  12.   Know the Facts
  13.   Persevere
  14.   Adequately Fund Your Actions
  15.   Relieve Yourself of Other Responsibilities
  16.   Work With a Great Team
  17.   Prepare for People Who Don’t Understand
  18.   Let Your Purpose Determine Your Schedule
  19.   Schedule a Quiet Time
  20.   Don’t Manage Your Image for Others
  21.   Reject Busyness as a Bragging Point
  22.   Enjoy the Journey
  23.   Avoid Using the Word “Should”
  24.   Cultivate Good Friendships
  25.   Focus on One Person at a Time
  26.   Change Pace
  27.   Deal With Things as They Come Up
  28.   Focus on the Assignment, Not the Work Week
  29.   Eliminate Scraps of Paper
  30.   Handle Things the Least Amount of Times Possible
  31.   If it’s Not an Absolute Yes, it’s a No
  32.   Do it Now
  33.   Embrace Failure
  34.   Group Lesser Tasks
  35.   Read Books on Time Management
  36.   Make the Tough Decisions
  37.   Work With a Coach
  38.   Break it Down into Parts
  39.   Get Your Finances in Order
  40.   Do Ditch Delegate Delay
  41.   Build Character
  42.   Celebrate Individual Steps
  43.   Practice Time In, Time On and Time Out
  44.   STOP
  45.   Make a Strategic Alliance
  46.   Plan for the Unexpected
  47.   Organize Your Files
  48.   Space Your Appointments
  49.   Accomplish More While Traveling
  50.   Create a Not-to-Do List
  51.   Ask the Wants Versus Needs Questions
  52.   Keep Technology at its Simplest Level

5-Days of Self-Directed Coaching for Performance

The five-day questions, suggestions and invitations to experiment are simple. They will enable you to move from thinking to purpose to action and on to greater effectiveness and success.

Life and managing stress is made up of habits, strategies and techniques. A small change in one area can result in significant positive change across a broad range of life and leadership areas.

A Different Person, A Different Leader

If you are intentional about managing stress by working on these habits in even a handful of areas, you will be a different person and a different leader one year from now. You have here the opportunity to accomplish more things that really matter to you. And this will help you in dealing with that significant stress you are going through. All 52 are contained in my book, “52 Solutions for Those Who Need a 25 Hour Day.”

More Priorities – The Ones that Truly Make a Difference

I found over the years, in practicing these 52 basic strategies for managing stress that I ended up gaining greater focus and momentum. I achieve more priorities … the true priorities that make a difference (not to be confused with saying “everything” is a priority).

Incorporate One or Two Strategies Regularly

If we are working together I’ll encourage you to revisit one or two new strategies every month in addition to other things we may be focusing our attention on. In this way you will make considerable personal and professional development gains over the course of our coaching engagement.