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February 11, 2015

How To Manage Stress & Measure Productivity

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How To Manage Stress

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We’ve got two great questions today!

But first we get into a little ObamaCare talk and it’s impact on business and you – the customer. You may have heard about Buffalo Wild Wings adding a surcharge on their receipts to pass on ObamaCare costs they’ve incurred.

There’s no such thing as free! Just keep that in mind the next time a politician says “free healthcare” or “free college,” you’re paying for it one way or another. :-)

Pretty interesting! Check it out here: ObamaCare and BWW

Next, podcast listener Colin wants to know:
How do I manage productivity?
I measure productivity with an old school little thing called…leadership. My perspective may make your wheels turn!

And Jesse has a great question about managing stress.
She wants to know, “How do you better manage stress at work and home?”
How do you “leave it at the office”?

These are great questions I bet a lot of you deal with!

Dive in and let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Or better yet…leave a question or comment here: chrislocurto.com/askchris.

Your question just might end up on the podcast like these listeners!

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  • http://williamedmondson.com William Edmondson

    Yea for Stress

    Just the right level of stress makes you better. It pushes you to growth. Too much and it ruins you through obesity, hypertension, relationship problems, lack of creativity, and lack of energy.

    Like most people I have my fair share of it. Here is my personal strategy for dealing with it:

    Pray About It: Well duh. There is only so much I can do on my own.

    Work out: Endorphins are amazing. I work out every day, no matter what. Most days this is over lunch. There is nothing that kills stress better than a really hard workout. The more I have going on the more important a workout in. Afterwards I am always more alert, have more energy, more creative, better looking, etc… Bottom line it helps me get more done.

    Eat right; I like donuts more than about anybody but they sure don’t help my state of mind. Sticking to slow carbs, protein, and healthy fat really makes a huge difference in stress levels.

    Write it all down: When things get really crazy I do a GTD style brain dump followed by Delete, Delay, Delegate, or Do (by priority). Knowing I have it all written down allows for more brain cycles to actually do work.

    Eat dinner with my family: This is a near non-negotiable for me. I will get up earlier, work later, whatever, but I almost never sacrifice this time with my family. It gives me perspective. No matter how crazy it is at work it doesn’t matter. I am doing it for my beautiful family. I know not everybody has this luxury but you have to find a way of getting perspective.

    Shut if off: No emails after dinner. My phone gets put in another room. If somebody needs me they can call me.

    Rest day: I work like a maniac six days a week. Sunday, I read books, drink coffee, and play games with my kids.

    Listen to Chris Locurto: Nothing takes the edge off the commute like a little personal coaching time with Chris. Great podcast. Love it.

    (I need to stop blogging in other people’s comment areas)