Great leaders get things done. They make decisions throughout the day on small details and major shifts for their business. When they are stressed out, this hinders their ability to quickly make smart decisions. Instead, they hesitate. It’s harder to think clearly when your stress has gotten out of control.
Being a leader comes with a lot of consistent responsibility. In order to handle this, managing stress as a leader is something that needs to be acknowledged as a struggle and then addressed through daily habits built to keep things under control.
- Manage Your Time Well
Multitasking only leads to stress. If your mind is in three places at once, you’re not giving enough attention to any one of those three items to really do them justice. With better time management comes better focus. More time spent focused and accomplishing tasks will mean less stress.
Some of the best time management tips for leaders include only looking at your inbox twice a day, managing your emails with labels, scheduling your daily tasks so you know your priorities, and blocking out time for every priority task.
- Make Time For Exercise
If you aren’t taking care of your body, it will come back around to create problems for you. Stress creates stress hormones, which stacks up and makes daily stress worse. One way to release this is through regular daily exercise.
- Be As Strict As Possible With a Personal Time Boundary
You need time where you aren’t the boss. Sometimes, there will be phone calls you have to take when you’re at home. Recognize when this is truly essential and when it is not. Tell your staff your office hours and when you’re available for what types of communication. Being open with them about this will go a long way.
- Automate Every Task You Can
There are apps for a lot of tasks now. Use them to your advantage. Keep your calendar synced up on your devices and have it notify you of things, so you don’t need to look at it to remember your three o’clock meeting.
- Talk To A Professional If You Need To
Sometimes, it stops making sense to deal with leadership stress on your own. If your stress is becoming a daily problem, don’t be afraid to talk to a professional therapist. They can help you identify the sources of stress in your day and help you develop specific habits to get around those stressors.