Well the theme of this mail was "Tips to Reduce Stress." Laugh. Riot.
There was a flyer from the Mayo Clinic included called Time Management: Tips to Reduce Stress.
Cry havok! And let slip the snark.
- Plan each day. My day I do plan. And then I am deluged by Rush, Hot Rush, Super Hot Rush and EMERGENCY work. All of which have nothing to do with my planning but the client's lack of planning or a sales person's promise.
- Prioritize your tasks.See above. My priorities are set by three levels of bosses, 8 sales people and 5 CSRs. Any of of which could walk into my cubicle and try to impose their priorities on me.
- Say no to nonessential tasks. Yeah, right. I'm sorry, has the author of this list worked in the Modern Workplace? Say, since the early 90s?
- Take the time you need to do a quality job. We have a saying, "There will always be time to do it right the second time around."
- Break large, time-consuming tasks into smaller tasks. Again, we joked today when a part of a job was labeled "Rush" that obviously they didn't need it so fast because it was just a "Rush."
- Practice the 10-minute rule. You're not listening to me, are you? Okay, today I had to typeset a book, make edits to business cards (four different sets), insert a photo into a brochure, answer emails, correct some database entries, etc. My jobs are broken up into 10 minute spots because I can't concentrate on one job long enough.
- Evaluate how you're spending your time. I have time for that?
- Limit distractions. Let's see, no door, people who have to use the phone for their work, any on of the 14 above mentioned people could pop-over at any time, yeah, how do you do that?
- Get plenty of sleep, have a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Hahahahaha.
- Take a time management course. I have time to take a course? When?
- Take a break when needed. Again, the author of this list never had a real job in their life. I get to take a break when I go to the bathroom. Now I do have a half hour lunch, but I have to take that between noon and one.
It must be nice to have the advisor's job.