Stress Prevention in a Word - "No"

Written by Robert Cooper

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One idea to clue others in to your current work load is to keep a very visible dry marker board near your desk or in your office. Use it to write downrepparttar tasks or projects you're working on. Check offrepparttar 101918 items completed and leaverepparttar 101919 one's yet to be finished onrepparttar 101920 board until you've done them. Add new requests torepparttar 101921 board as they come in. A visible check-list will keep you from procrastinating on simple tasks -- acting as a constant reminder. And, you might deter someone from giving you another project if it's obvious you've already got more than you can handle.

Passrepparttar 101922 buck whenrepparttar 101923 buck needs passing ============================ If your task and assignment list is built from internal office assignments and a new request comes in from your supervisor, use their authority to your favor. Allow them to adjust your priority list for you. Allow them to bump a project or move back it's deadline. If necessary, allow your supervisor to take responsibility for promises you can't keep to others (if they arerepparttar 101924 reason that you can't). If you do that -- it is very important that others are notified ofrepparttar 101925 schedule or deadline changes and thatrepparttar 101926 changes were made by those in authority over you. This will relieve you of unnecessary pressure and stress. Is this passingrepparttar 101927 buck? If you were in a car accident that was clearly not your fault, knowing all ofrepparttar 101928 implications that go along with responsibility, would you takerepparttar 101929 blame for it? Probably not. The same should hold true for less complicated situations.

Put yourself in their shoes ============================ What if you ordered a product as a holiday gift -- if it didn't arrive in time becauserepparttar 101930 company couldn't meetrepparttar 101931 demand of orders, wouldn't you rather them be upfront and honest and tell you no -- that they can't deliveryrepparttar 101932 gift in time? Think about how upset you would be! Think about how upset others would be if you took on more than you can handle and didn't haverepparttar 101933 time or energy to fulfilrepparttar 101934 request.

Maybe that anti-drug campaign slogan "Just Say No" should get a new face forrepparttar 101935 21st century. Instead of bumper stickers, maybe it should be printed on coffee mugs or flash as screen savers. And if we find ourselves still struggling to say no when we've already maxed out our to-do list, maybe we can just add it torepparttar 101936 to-do list as priority number one.

Robert Cooper is the creator of - a web site which provides resources, advice and tips on topics that affect personal organization and issues relating to becoming a more productive individual.


Written by Arleen M. Kaptur

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Even inrepparttar world of internet marketing - you have those that offer you twenty zillion subscribers in a matter of 24 hours, and those that believe thatrepparttar 101917 tried and true methods of daily marketing will take you where you want to be. In this scenario,repparttar 101918 glitter and glitz will grab your attention but depending onrepparttar 101919 product, it may not keep you. You may not subscribe because your instinct tells you that it is just fluff without a firm base underneath.

Diversity and variety are indeedrepparttar 101920 spice of life - without it, we would all eatrepparttar 101921 same things, wearrepparttar 101922 same clothes, and repeat whatrepparttar 101923 other person says without an original idea in our minds. Pretty dull, if you ask me. But we are showered with differences. If we welcome this aspect of life, we will be given opportunities to broaden our horizons and delve into areas we never thought possible. We can choose a model of friend we like and together we can work at changing what needs changing in our world andrepparttar 101924 world at large. We should anticipate dailyrepparttar 101925 challenge ofrepparttar 101926 world marketplace that features people, places and things. We are living in a wonderful time and place in history - but we need to take full advantage of everything that is offered. If not, we will berepparttar 101927 ones that fall torepparttar 101928 wayside or just stand onrepparttar 101929 sidelines to watch everyone else enjoy life,repparttar 101930 world, and everything there is in people and nature. ENJOY! ©Arleen M. Kaptur 2002 June

Arleen Kaptur has written numerous articles, cookbooks, how-to books, and the novel: SEARCHING FOR AUSTIN JAMES. Websites:

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