Working in transport has got to be one of the most stressful jobs out there in New Zealand. Deadlines, breakdowns, last minute changes, you name it. Employees working in transport are interrupted seven times an hour and distracted up to 2.1 hours a day. And 4 out of 10 people working at large companies are experiencing a major corporate restructuring, and therefore facing uncertainly about their futures. This may be why more than 40% of adults say they lie awake at night plagued by the stressful events of the day.
So is there a way to maintain steady focus throughout the day? Is it possible to do everything that needs to get done and still have energy left over after work? How do you keep cool under so many demands?
Get the most important tasks done first
Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worse things that is going to happen to you all day long. Your “frog” is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it.
Start with the biggest, hardest and most important task first.
Take A Deep Breath
Shallow and rapid breathing is a typical part of the stress response, and hyperventilation can be distressing for people with anxiety and stress. Controlled breathing can promote relaxation and reduce the effects of stress. You can use abdominal breathing to help control your nervous system and encourage your body to relax, bringing about a range of health benefits.
Emails, Facebook, phone calls, pop ins, text messages, notifications and sudden, urgent deadlines conspire to make transport workers more distracted than ever. While you may not have control over all interruptions, you can eliminate some of them.
Get Enough Sleep
Everyone needs to get enough sleep. Sleep helps keep your mind and body healthy. Most adults need 7 to 8 hours of good quality sleep on a regular schedule each night. It’s important to sleep at about the same time every day and make sure you get good quality sleep so you feel rested when you wake up.
A poor diet may cause fatigue, loss of concentration, stress and therefore be less productive. Just like your car, your brain needs quality fuel to run efficiently. One study found that eating unhealthy foods puts you at a 66% increased risk of productivity loss. Eating a healthy, balanced diet to make sure your brain has the fuel it needs means more energy and increased productivity at work.