Stressful Project Manager

12 Nov

Have you ever felt that you are not giving your 100% effort on a project and just trying to take one day at a time because you may be overwhelmed with several other projects, resolving hot issues, or busy with other outside work activities that are on your mind?  Problem that occurs when you have these feelings that I mentioned above, is most lead to an increased stress level, longer hours, and trying to keep a smile on your face, while keeping afloat with everyone.

As project managers, we are often stressed because we want to do our very best in all that we do.  Stress, of course, is not a good thing for our physical and mental health, so I thought it would be good to list a few helpful tips that could help to reduce your stress level.

Steps to Reducing Stress:

  1. Identify the sources of stress in your life
  2. What habits/attitude/excuses do you make?

Until you accept responsibility for the role you play in creating or maintaining stress in your life, your stress will remain outside of your control.

Helpful Stress Tips:

  1. One thing at a time: Try focusing on one task at a time.  One neat method you could try using is time-boxing and removing distractions such as phones, e-mail, so you can focus on one task and knock out pieces at a time.
  2. Simplify your schedule: Having a hectic schedule helps to increase your stress level, as you are trying to battle too many tasks at one time and can only do so much as 1 person.
  3. Go for a walk: Talking a 10-15 minute walk outside or inside your workplace will allow you to take a moment to get away from your work.
  4. Eat healthy: Improving what you intake into your body will help to improve your overall health and help reduce your stress level.
  5. Do something you enjoy: Whether this is watching a movie with friends, having dinner, going to Starbucks, talking to a friend on the phone, sewing, take a nap, play a sport, etc. Find that calming activity and try doing it each day, even for 10-30 minutes a day.
  6. Simply your finances: Money can always be a cause for draining your energy level and adding stress into your life.  For example, automate paying your bills, start a savings account, setup a plan to pay off your debt.  Find ways to have fun that doesn’t involve spending money.
  7. Get creative: Creatively, such as writing, painting, playing an instrument, building things always yourself to distress.
  8. Declutter: Take 10-20 minutes and get rid of stuff in your house that you don’t need any more or find a better place for it.
  9. Be on time: When you arrive late, it adds stress, so schedule some buffer time in between activities, so you can arrive on time to a scheduled appointment.  If you arrive early, you can also relax a bit, read a book, call a friend, etc.
  10. Learn to say no: Understand your limits and stick to them.  It is easier said than done, but is something each of us should work on.

What tips do you have that have helped you in stressful times?

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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Project Manager Tips


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