In today’s world, most people can virtually work from anywhere with a computer or mobile device and internet access. We are constantly connected. Does this help or hinder productivity?
As a freelancer and telecommuter, the holidays are pretty stress-free for me. Thanks to the fact that I don’t work in an office or a 9-5, I am able to manage my time in a way that ensures I spend the holiday season exactly the way I want to. This means I have ample time to spend with my family (which I actually enjoy), I get to bake dozens of cookies for my friends and family and play hostess on Christmas day to cousins and siblings. In the days following, I’ll celebrate family birthdays, aid in cooking a big Turkey dinner with my best friends, and ensure my New Year’s Eve plans are fun and spent with people I love. In case you couldn’t tell, I LOVE the holidays! This, however, is not the cause for everyone.
For many, the holidays are simply a super stressful time of year that many would rather skip over altogether. Between shopping for last-minute gifts, a full social calendar of holiday parties, and spending time with people you’d rather not see, the holidays can actually become a bit of a health concern.
If you work for an entrepreneur, you don’t need me to tell you that stress management is the single most important skill you need for the long term. Yes, other skills are exceedingly important — like effective communication, proactivity, resourcefulness, tact and organization — but without a solid stress management system, it’s just a matter of time before you burn out.
Stress management isn’t a one-size-fits-all skill you can develop overnight. But thinking about the 80-20 rule, here are the best first actions you can take to improve your capability to thrive under continued extreme pressure. [Read more…]