5 Strategies To Squash Workplace Anxiety 5 Strategies To Squash Workplace Anxiety Feel like you’re riding in a one-horse open sleigh? Or slipping and sliding from one problem to another, trying to plow through mounds of issues – and losing your footing trying to solve all of them? As a budding entrepreneur, one of the hardest things to do is learn the right way to balance. Another challenge is staying focused when you have so much to do. It’s easy to feel like all you’re doing is simply putting out fires – and getting nothing accomplished. I know this is an all-too familiar topic for many of you. The good news is that you can stay focused, even when it feels like you have no time to spare and you’re extinguishing whatever fire seems to be burning brightest. Here, a blueprint for staying focused from the experts who made it work. 1 Turn Off The Phone, Close Your Email & Shut The Door To Regain Focus Ever hear of a digital detox? A lot has been said about the importance of disconnecting from technology from successful women like Arianna Huffington to hotel executives, who are beginning to fold a “detox package” into their offerings. Instead of a shoe shine or dry cleaning, participating locations give guests a chance to “cleanse” by dining on a special diet and engaging in a fitness plan. Digital detox packages have been called the “next big trend” in the hospitality industry. Another option is a mini-detox. Rather than spending days detoxing – make a few changes and see a big difference. Close out that email, turn off your phone, and shut the door to focus on what’s really important, rather than trying to decide whether or not you should post “Happy Birthday” to your ex on Facebook. We all have the same amount of hours – so instead of trying to use your energy on dozens of tasks, target your energy on a limited number. Focus on what will give you the biggest bang for your energy buck! 2 Renegotiate Commitments Many people say yes to avoid confrontation or to save face, but as Holly Weeks writes in Harvard Business Review, you can take the middle of the road option: the neutral no. “A neutral no is steady, noninflected, and clear. It is mostly notable for what it is not: harsh, combative, apologetic, reluctant, or overly nice,” says Weeks. Saying “yes” to everything is one of the fastest paths to burnout. Practice makes perfect on this one, and for some people, saying “no” can be really hard. Just keep practicing until it becomes comfortable for you. When you do this, you’ll gradually feel more and more empowered and confident. 3 Take A Deep Breath When You See Something On “Fire”, Then Take A Closer Look Although there may be another fire burning somewhere right now, just waiting for you to come put it out, it is imperative to take a minute and prioritize. Is it really something that needs your attention now? Has it turned into a total conflagration, or is it just a flare-up? If it’s actually something that can wait, even if it’s just for a little bit, that extra time may allow for the fire to burn out on its own…and if not, that bit of added time allows me to look at the issue with a clearer mindset. Allow yourself to set boundaries with technology. 4 Reset Your Expectations Sometimes, because we have such high expectations of ourselves, we assume other people have the same expectations of us. Oftentimes, however, it’s our own expectations running the show – and rarely do we live up them. “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation – but your thoughts about it,” author Eckhart Tolle has said. Reset your expectations and be real – and by taking an unbiased second look, the situation can end up looking totally different. 5 Free Yourself By Delegating This strategy is unfortunately often under-utilized by many people who think they have to “do it all”. In the Harvard Business Review Amy Gallo says if you’re working long hours and feel you’re the only one who can do the job while your staff keeps regular work hours, you may not realize that you’re hoarding your work. Jodi Flynn Jodi Flynn spent the early part of her career in senior management in the financial services industry. Using the confidence she developed during her work in Mutual Fund Operations, she found she flourished in the areas of supervising/mentoring, project management and team building. It was during this time that she discovered her calling – to listen for, nurture and bring out the very best in people. She knew she wanted to focus her career on helping others discover success and fulfillment in their own lives and careers. She is also the host of Women Taking The Lead Podcast, which focuses on inspiring women from humble beginnings to overcome self-doubt so they can lead with confidence, integrity and a sense of humor.