Written by Jan Bruce, CEO and co-founder of meQuilibrium.
The most important work you'll do today is planning what you'll do. I learned that from business consultant David Rock, author of Your Brain at Work. He says to use those first fresh moments of the day to do the heaviest lifting your brain will do all day -- high-level strategizing. It's "easier" to stay in reaction mode and just deal with whatever comes up, but when you remain reactive, you allow stress to rule your day, instead of the other way around. Not to mention you don't get nearly as much done.
Here are some key strategies for staying proactive -- and one step ahead of stress.
- Do a brain dump. Jot down all the things (obligations, due dates, must-dos) that are swimming around your brain. Don't filter or edit. Get them out and down and then you can move on to the next step. (Tip: You can rely on regular old paper, or take things up a notch and try apps like Carrot or Any.Do to manage your to-dos.)
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Jan Bruce is CEO and co-founder of meQuilibrium, www.mequilibrium.com, the new digital coaching system for stress, which helps both individuals and corporations achieve measurable results in stress management and wellness.
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