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5 Ways To Turn Stress Into Productivity

Updated on April 20, 2014

1. Use The Advantage Technique

Being productive while feeling stressed out is not the easiest thing to do, but it can be easy when you use what is known as the advantage technique. This technique is easy to use, but you will need to use it on a daily basis, or at least every single time you are stressed out. All this technique consists of is thinking of the advantages of doing each task that you need to complete, regardless of how small or large the task is. For example, if you have plans to be productive and workout later on in the day, then you should start thinking about how you will feel after you workout. If you have to do the dishes, then you can think about how nice the water feels on your hands when you do the dishes, or you can think about how nice it is to do an activity that doesn't require much thinking.

The advantage technique can be used all the time, and the more you use it, the more productive you will be, even when you are highly stressed out.

2. Get Away And Do Your Tasks

If you have work that you can do from a computer, then go and get away for a few days and complete your work from the computer. You can simply go a few cities over and stay in a hotel for a few days, and make sure that you set aside some time for yourself to do little things such as shopping or just walking around the city, and then get your work done. You may not be too far from home, but you will feel as if you are on a mini vacation, and this could end up making it easier to be productive, even if you are under a lot of stress.

Also, it is worth pointing out that you can just getaway for the day or two, and set aside a fun activity that will make you productive, such as hiking, fishing and so forth. If you do this, then you will be able to relax and be productive at the same time.

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3. Exercise

You have heard it at least once in your lifetime, and that is to exercise when you are feeling stressed out. Even if you do not feel like exercising, the chances are once you start, you will end up feeling better and you will go on to have a great exercise session. If you feel extremely stressed out, then you should start off by going for a walk, and then after walking for a few minutes, start jogging a little bit. Once you have jogged for a few minutes, see if you can do a little bit of running. You will be surprised at how less stressed out you will feel after you exercise, especially if you walk, jog or run.

Not only will exercise help keep your productive while you are stressed, but you will also be getting into shape. The more exercise you do, the less stressed out you will feel and the more productive you will be. The next time you are under stress, you should take a few minutes out of your day and exercise.

5. Meditate Or Do Yoga Before Tackling A Task

If you are feeling stressed out and you have tasks that you need to complete, then one good way to turn your stress into productivity is to meditate or do yoga before you tackle your tasks. Set aside about 20-30 minutes to do yoga or to meditate, and then get right into your task/tasks. You will feel relaxed and less stressed, thus you should be able to complete your tasks much easier. However, if you feel too relaxed, and you feel like resting, then force yourself to not nap, and make yourself do the tasks that you need to do. If you do not have any tasks or errands to do, then go for a walk after you have meditated or have done yoga, as this is still being productive. The more you do yoga or meditate, the more motivated you will be to do things.

4.Stop Rushing To Complete Tasks

One of the reasons why people tend to stress themselves out is because they feel obligated to rush in order to complete certain tasks. Some tasks may have a time limit, and if that is the case, then simply do your best to stay calm and complete the task. However, if a task does not have a specific time when it needs to be completed, then simply do not rush, but still work on the task until it is completed. Some tasks that may have a specific due date will likely be work-related tasks, while tasks that you must complete at home will likely not have a due date, but you give yourself a time limit anyways. Do not give yourself time constraints unless it is absolutely necessary. When you give yourself unnecessary time constraints, then you will likely not get the things you need to get done, done.

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There are many ways to turn your stress into productivity, but if you are looking for the best ways, then make sure to choose one of the ways discussed in this article. The worse thing you can do is nothing at all, because if you are not productive, then you will not get anything done.


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      Denise W Anderson 

      4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I have used the advantages technique and the avoidance of putting excessive deadlines when stressed. It really helps to look at whether the deadlines I am facing are self-imposed, or if they are there because of external factors. I often find that they are self-imposed, and that I have made a choice to take on more than I can handle in an effort to please others or to make myself look good. When that happens, I have to back up and back out, if necessary.


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