I noticed on this article that you can still de-stress while things are getting done at the same time and thought it was spot on. Here are a few highlights to get you warmed up:
Most of us have witnessed how the constant grind dings our health: We wind up sick, retreating from friends and family, or blowing off the gym in favor of bed. It also thwarts our best work efforts, because in a race to do it all, we multitask, which leads to greater error correction, not greater productivity. The result? More stress and feelings of failure, two mental health bummers.
Your solve: Keep those aspirations high, but learn to make the most of your on days—and off ones. Here’s your power plan.
1. Find your sweet spot
Marathon workdays (ya know, the kind where you barely have time to pee) are sometimes inevitable. But whenever possible, employ a HIIT-style approach to your agenda, suggests Mark Struczewski, a productivity specialist and podcaster in Houston. Assign a specific time increment to a single important task—30 or 45 minutes works well for most people —then switch to a lower-intensity (yet still necessary) chore, like answering emails or organizing your desk, for the same duration.
If you haven’t finished the earlier task, go back to it for, yep, the identical length of time. “You’re calibrating your schedule to match your natural attention span, so you’re making the most of your brainpower,” says Struczewski. In other words, by working in preset chunks of time and allowing your mind the equivalent of “active rest breaks,” you get a fresh dose of energy for your most pressing responsibilities instead of draining the tank until you’ve hit the proverbial wall.
2. Actually pencil in free time.
Few things are scarier than a maxed-out schedule, but fear not: “Seeing all your events—even an hour of reading or a puppy playdate—can reduce stress, because it gives equal weight to enjoyable activities,” Struczewski says. “You’ll be less likely to blow off the stuff that chills you out.”
You also train your mind not to freak at the sight of a swamped day, since your M–F schedules all look more or less the same. Still overwhelmed by the action? Try color-coding. Use soft shades for flexible pursuits, bold ones for must-happens.
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