How many times each day do the same things crop up time and time again that cause your energy levels to drop, or your heart rate to rise, or a feeling of being uncomfortable engulf you?
This could be from walking into your office and seeing a pile of paperwork that needs sorting out or not knowing what needs doing next. It could be knowing that you could have to phone a particular client who you know is always difficult to deal with. Or it could just be going on social media and seeing someone who is always complaining and whose comments make you feel anxious or annoyed.
These things to others may seem trivial, but it is quite incredible what a detrimental impact they can have on you and your work.
It is about time to remove the drama and the stresses from your life once and for all and to attempt to only allow enjoyment and happiness into your day. Yes, this may seem idealistic but it is certainly a step in the right direction.
So what can you do to remove the drama and stress from your life?
If it is your workspace that is getting you down, sort it out. Declutter your office, organise your files and get yourself a task planner or to-do list.
If it is the physical space itself that is getting you down such as your office not being big enough, or family walking through your home office, work externally. Either rent a hot desk for your work or if this is not practical, put a shed in your garden if there is space.
If you have clients that you dread dealing with, get rid of them. Yes, you may need the income but the impact they have on you and your day may just not be worth it. The time taking putting off their call or meeting or dealing with the drama they create may be better spent finding an ideal client you can work with.
Those never-ending tasks!
If there are certain tasks that are not getting done but are clogging your headspace, block out a day for these and just get them done once and for all. Turn off all distractions and work on one at a time until complete. Or, if the particular task has been sat waiting to be done for months, how important is it really? Just delete it off your list or put on a wish list that you file away for when you are bored and have nothing else to do (haha!).
The energy drainer that is social media
As for social media, first, do a social media declutter. But what about your personal account. Take Facebook. It is amazing the detrimental effect it has on us reading other people’s negativity, anger and criticism. It subconsciously drags us down and can cause us feelings of unrest or anger ourselves. Get rid of these people from your friends list. Just delete them. But if this in itself scares you, just unfollow them. You can do this so that you remain friends but their posts will not show in your news feed.
Start to make a note of when you suddenly get that sinking feeling in your stomach, when you suddenly feel drained or the stress levels start to rise. Identify what has just made you feel like that and then do your best to eradicate the instigator from your life.
Remove the drama and I promise you that you will instantly feel better and you will regain your energy and zest for life.