Reduce Stress and Get Things Done

Insights / 07.24.15 / Jonathan Bukofzer

As a project manager, you juggle the timelines and budgets for a team of creatives, developers, as well as a full roster of clients. Moving from project to project while knowing that the accountability for their success rests on your shoulders can make it hard to relax. Once you check one thing off of your to-do list, there are seemingly three more to take its place.

Here are five tips to help reduce stress and get things done:

No matter how big the problem seems, remember that this isn’t heart surgery.

Don’t get me wrong, what we do at a creative agency is important. While it may seem like the website you are working on is life threatening, believe me, it isn’t.

Don’t be afraid to tell someone you’ll touch base with them later.

It is very easy to promise the moon to someone, but most people will understand if you are too busy at the moment to address their needs.

Break down your tasks into bite size pieces.

It can be really easy to get overwhelmed by a long list. First, prioritize your list by importance and time sensitivity. A shorter list is less intimidating even if it contains the most difficult tasks. Next, if you are still having trouble checking things off, don’t hesitate to delegate some of the responsibilities to other people on your team if they have a lighter work load.

Avoid “What if” Thinking

After a series of unfortunate events, it is in our nature to deconstruct the timeline leading up to your predicament. Instead of heading down the slippery slope of “if I had only (insert 20/20 hindsight here)”, face the problem at hand and do your best to get it resolved.

Meditate

You don’t have to light incense and chant “Om” in the lotus position. Clearing your mind can be as simple as organizing your desk, doodling for a minute or two, or even walking outside to take a few deep breaths of fresh air.

Now get back to work! ​


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