5 Ways to Stay in Control Without Losing your Cool

Moving into a position of power can suddenly mean you are overwhelmed with a slew of new responsibilities.

It can be easy to quickly become swamped with these new responsibilities, along with the pressure to succeed and not let anyone down. Put all of that together, and you may find yourself becoming agitated, stressed and strained by the transition from staff to supervisor. Here are some strategies to remove these roadblocks, and manage the new job role and expectations while keeping a level head:

 1. Learn how to Manage Stress

Stress is something of a necessary evil in the workplace, with studies revealing that experiencing intermittent, “optimal” levels of stress actually increases our productivity and performance. However, ongoing, high levels of stress have the exact opposite effect, and are detrimental to our physical and mental wellbeing. You may not be able to avoid stress, but you can learn to manage it using approaches like relaxation techniques, exercise, correct breathing, reducing caffeine intake, alcohol and nicotine you consume, breaking large tasks down, and directing your energy towards things you can control.

 2. Delegate

While it may be tempting to try and do everything yourself, thus demonstrating your super-human abilities to multi-task, this can lead to you becoming burnt out quickly, and not achieving any of the tasks to your full potential. By delegating, you can make more efficient use of your time, increase the morale and trust of your team, and see better results as each project or task will have been paid due attention.

 3. Master Time Management

There are only so many hours a day, and you can either work hard during those hours, or work smart. In order to do the latter (and to achieve a good work-life balance), you need to make the most of your time. Organise your schedule broken down by days and weeks, and allow time for interruptions and setbacks within these schedules so as not to overload yourself. Limit your time on email or answering messages to specific windows in the day, keep a to-do-list, and limit distractions to stay focused.

 4. Disconnect

When you leave the office, set a cut-off point after which you’ll not answer any work-related emails or correspondence. Unplug your devices, switch off, and allow your brain and body to rejuvenate for the next day ahead.

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