New year stress

Happy new year!!

Hope you had a lovely Xmas and new year and most importantly I hope you rested. Regardless of whether it we happy or whether or not you are rested one thing is for sure....today has to be one of the most stressful days of the year.

School run traffic is back on the roads, the early morning alarm clock hurt our heads and there seems to be more to get done than ever before.

Do not despair: I've found some good advice to guide is through those stressful moments.

There are some simple steps to help you stop feeling overwhelmed by work and distractions.

There are times of the year -- or the week, or the day -- when you simply have too much to do. You may buckle down and focus, or like many people, you may get overwhelmed and freeze up. Next time you are stressed out by how much you need to accomplish, take these four steps:

1. Make a list. Write down everything you need to do on a piece of paper.
2. Do the quick hits. Take 15 minutes, no more, to do the fastest things on your list: a quick email response, the 2-minute phone call. Use a timer to keep you focused.
3. Turn off distractions. Now spend 35 minutes focused on the tougher things on the list with your phone and email alerts switched off.
4. Take a break and repeat. Take a 10-minute break and start again. Before long, you'll have crossed enough off your list to restore your calm.

If that doesn't work just do what I do.......delegate!!!! You can beat it

Happy New Year...Steve xxx

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