The staffing and property management industries are entering the busy season as the days grow warmer and longer. For residential and commercial properties, there is landscaping to be done, events to prepare for, vacations looming (aka, increased workload), and a myriad of other tasks, both large and small. Some days can feel outright overwhelming.
Last week I received an email from a colleague that contained some really good tips on staying calm during stressful days. You know, the kind of days when you feel like you can’t work fast enough, or the tasks you set out to accomplish fall apart, or even just those days when you wake up with a black cloud over your head, grumpy and exhausted for no apparent reason. Her email addressed all these unfortunate workdays and more, so I thought I would compile my own list of tips to get you through a frustrating workday.
First off, it’s always important to remember that although you may not have control over what happens around you (although you might be surprised at just how much you do), you do have control over how you react to them. Breathing. Staying calm. Giving yourself the time to think before responding. These are paramount to turning an unsuccessful event around. Here are more tips on taking control over a cloudy day:
- Bad mood day? Accept your emotions (feel them, don’t bury them), don’t take them out on other people (apologize if you do), and give yourself plenty of time to take deep breaths and relax. Some days you’ll have to make the time, but you’ll find that no matter how busy you are, stepping away from the desk and/or task for ten minutes for some personal time can be invaluable. The following link is for an article on WikiHow that gives you tips on how to deal with your bad mood at work and it is excellent! Check it out: How to Turn Around a Bad Day at Work.
- Ask for help. Are you bogged down in a project? Feeling resentful towards coworkers and employers who seemingly don’t notice that you’re working at maximum capacity and add more to your load? Remember that no one is a mind reader, and expecting them to be can lead to really bad consequences. They are focusing on their own projects. So speak up. If you need help or more time with a project, ask for it. Most people, when given the chance, will seize the opportunity to provide their assistance, especially when the outcome is beneficial to all involved.
- Is stress distracting you from accomplishing your goals? Stress runs rampant in this country and can be a detrimental deterrent to our happiness and success. Maybe you’re not having one bad day here and there; maybe they are all becoming unpleasant in one way or another. If this is the case, you’re probably feeling rotten outside of work too. That’s no good. I went through a lot of online resources for stress, and the best one I found gives us sound advice on the options we have to control stress levels. It’s so good, I think I will let it speak for itself: Stress At Work. My favorite? Eliminating self-defeating behaviors.
You know that Renoir Staffing is here to make these tasks easier for you and more successful with our database of talented property management professionals, but we’re also here to provide useful tips on making your day more successful, and therefore your career and/or business!
Have a happy and healthy workday!
Jessie Williams, Marketing Coordinator