Be great—not perfect
While striving for excellence will make you successful, an unyielding drive for perfection will hold you back. Some things should be perfect; many others don’t need to be. Recognize the difference and you will be well on your way to better managing your time. Adopt these habits to free yourself from the tyranny of perfection:
- Settle for less. One way to beat an overdeveloped need for perfection is to practice accepting less. Go ahead, send an email to a friend with that typo you spotted. Notice that the world does not end. Then you can start deciding what is “Good enough.”
- Squeeze yourself. British author C. Northcote Parkinson famously observed that “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” Instead of falling victim to Parkinson’s Law, use it to your advantage. Limit the time you will spend on a task. Allow yourself to proofread a report one time instead of three. Set a timer if necessary.
- Learn to be satisfied. Researchers have identified two important types of personalities. “Maximizers” always strive for the absolute best choice they can find. “Satisficers” decide which criteria are important to them and will accept a choice that meets those criteria. Who’s happier? The satisficers. Maximizers devote a lot of time to researching the options, and even after they make a choice they will worry that it wasn’t the best possible outcome. Set your criteria, make a decision and move on.
Even the most well-run workplaces fall prey to stress. It’s critical to your team’s productivity and morale that you understand what causes that stress and how to constructively deal with it.
The Complete Stress Management Toolkit teaches you and your staff how to uncover the root of your stress and then deal with it, in an easy-to-understand, step-by-step process. Best of all, the product provides you with everything you need to conduct a successful training session.
This budget-friendly product contains:
- The audio program Managing the Work/Life Circus: Tips for Juggling Your Professional and Personal Priorities.
- The video Arrest That Stress: How to Depressurize Your Work Life.
- Quick-reference flash cards that help staff deal with common stress creators.
- A 34-page workbook stuffed full of best practices, guides, tips, quizzes and more.
- A CD with dozens of customizable, print-ready forms.
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