Stress Blog - Day 1

Thursday, July 18, 2013

I decided to join the stress challenge, and part of that is keeping a stress journal. I think that I'll find it easier to blog about the day before, so this one is for yesterday.

The things that stressed me out yesterday -

I have a lot of responsibility at work, and some of the efforts that I'm involved in just assume that I can be available all day every day. They schedule meetings at the last minute for large chunks of time, with no regard for what I've already got scheduled. That happened yesterday when I was in an all day meeting for one of the efforts, with another all day meeting scheduled on Friday. All of my meetings were rearranged to today to accommodate attending the Wed, Fri meetings. In the middle of yesterday's meeting, the woman running the meeting sent out an invite for all day today for a subset of us to meet to recap what had happened yesterday. I declined the meeting, and the woman was not happy. I then felt bad that I couldnt' do everything. I have to stop feeling guilty for things that I can't control. This woman has known for months that she needed to get these meetings scheduled. She waited till the last minute and then couldn't find the time for all of it. That's really not my problem, and it's not the problem of the other people who are counting on me. I need to let other people deal with the issues that they create, not try to fix everything!!

I spent 11 hours at work yesterday, and then had to choose between working out and eating dinner at a reasonable hour. I chose to work out, but it meant eating at 9:00. Most of my days start with a 7:30 conference call, sometimes 7:00 AM. I have to set some limits for myself on how many hours I spend at work. I think that this can be helped by setting a weekly goal list, and not allowing the urgent but not important requests derail me during the day. Just because someone wants to talk to me right now, or have a meeting right now, doesn't mean that's more important than what I'm already doing or planning to do. If I keep allowing the urgent to derail me from the important, eventually the important will not get done. There will always be urgent things. I need to evaluate whether they are urgent and important before spending time on them.

Well that's it for today - off to more meetings :-)
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    Setting limits on other people imposing on your time for things they should do can be very challenging but oh so worth it. You can do it. emoticon
    1801 days ago
  • FARIS71
    That urgent vs. important battle is a tough one. At least you recognize it and are working on a plan. Stay strong!
    1801 days ago
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