Monday, 28 November 2011

How to deal with stress at work effectively?

I firmly believe in practicing teachings from Ancient Indian Scriptures in Managing oneself personally and professionally.
Stress as I have observed is the result of extrovert tendency. People generally tend to look outwards for a sense of worth. We spend our lifetime yearning for appreciation, recognition and encouragement. I have tried to turn it on face, and have benefited from it. As Stephen R Covey said, I tried beginning with the end in mind literally. For a moment, I imagined that this moment was my last moment, and noted my immediate thoughts. I was surprised that none of my professional and personal problems / achievements were in my mind. All that I was thinking of was, if I had nurtured my daughter well enough that she could handle the rest of her life all by herself, had I spent enough time with my family…

And then it dawned on me that I was going after things that really don’t matter to me. I need my job, I need the money, but that was not the be all and end all.  I need to do justice to my job, but what happens beyond that is not my concern.  Which I realized is what our ancient Indian scriptures meant “Perform your duties without any expectation of results” ! How true !Believe me, this simple realization has helped me better focus my energies at work and personal life. It has cleared the clutter in my mind.

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