Do you feel rushed through the day? Do you dread going into the office every morning, afraid of the stress and problems that are bound to happen? Is there an employee who is no longer a team player? Are your clients few and far between?
- Consider a brain-dumping exercise.
Open your laptop or pick up a pen and a piece of paper. Write whatever comes to mind. For instance, if you’re looking at the laptop and thinking, “Wow, this screen is bright,” then write that. If you don’t know what to say, then write, “I don’t know what to say.” Don’t overthink it. Just write for the next 15 minutes, or however long you need to clear your head. Try not to worry about the other tasks waiting for you. Simply write.
- Make a list of everything. Yes, everything.
Similar to the above exercise, try to make a list of everything you feel you need to tackle. Do you need to talk to your employee about his behavior? Do you need to train a new hire about filing case reports? Do you need to follow-up with a client about a case? Make a to-do list with short-term and long-term goals to help visualize what it is you’d like to accomplish. Big or small, meaningless or significant, get it all out on paper to help you see exactly what it is you’re dealing with.
Once you have cleared your mind, you can take each item one by one, developing a system, if necessary, to help in the process. Using a system to, say, send out an email or remind you to call back a client can help to relieve the stress you’re feeling, leaving you less overwhelmed and more clear about what it is you need to accomplish.