If you are young (20’s and 30’s) and you plan for your retirement, you’re going to be well set when you get there. But, even before that happens, try to plan for life’s other major challenges such as buying a home, sending kids to college, etc. The more you plan, the simpler life becomes when those events happen. You’ll be ready.
- Set Aside Cash for Emergencies
You will have emergency situations in life, and they will cost money, sometimes significant amounts of money. Not having cash set aside for these types of incidents is going to complicate your life and make you stressed out. The more you can set aside the better. Be sure not to use this money for anything but emergencies.
- Take Advantage of Cloud Computing
There is nothing worse than taking work home, or on the road, and realizing you don’t have what you need. Cloud computing can help you shore up these types of problems. When you save it on the cloud, it’s available to you anywhere you have access to that cloud storage. Make sure you choose solutions that let you easily share between devices.
- Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
You will constantly be bombarded with little, and often annoying, problems that seem like they are unmanageable. But, take a step back (and a deep breath) and realize they are just part of the day-to-day routine. Getting upset is not worth it.
- Create a Realistic To-Do List
To-do lists are great, but not if they are filled with tasks that you never get completed. When you don’t finish, this adds to your stress levels. It takes a bit of practice to get this right, but once you get it down, you’ll know exactly what you are capable of getting done for the day.
- Delegate Tasks
If you have people working for you, make sure you delegate tasks to them. It is amazing how many managers will do things for themselves when they have others working for them. Don’t overwhelm them with so much work they can’t get it done, but do expect more out of them. Divide it evenly among your workers and it won’t be a big deal for each person.
- Outsource Tasks
This is similar to delegating. However, you will use outsourcing services to help you get some of your tasks complete. In the early part of this, you will need to actively manage these resources. But, as you develop working relationships with these resources they will improve where you won’t have to manage them or, if they don’t work out, you drop them and find others who will.
- Don’t Get Upset by Factors Beyond Your Control
There are plenty of factors that happen to you and are beyond your control. The point is, there is nothing you can do about those factors, other than try to figure out solutions around them. Just keep plugging away and you will find the right solutions over time.
|1||Keep a journal. Why go through something when you’ve already experienced it? If you don’t record what you did when experiencing it, you won’t likely remember how you handled it. Sometimes, you may even have forgotten that you have experienced it. Actively write in your journal and review it from time-to-time.|
|2||Create a weekly board for your assignments as well as for the people you manage. Make sure it is visible and that everyone is on board with what is expected of them. Hold yourself and your people accountable to ensure it stays valid.|
|3||Dedicate one or two hours each week to have some alone time or have fun. If you can do it for more than a couple of hours, then make that happen. This helps clear your head and can help when trying to keep things simple. Everyone needs a break.|
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