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Some Ideas on Managing Time and Lowering Work Stress


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I’ve been working full-time as a psychotherapist for a telehealth psychotherapy group for 15 months now. This firm is 100% telehealth— it received’t ever revert again to in-person. Every clinician works out of their residence. We’re in seven or eight states throughout the nation and rising.

I additionally interview potential clinicians for the corporate which is sort of cool. I shadowed one of many skilled interviewers after which I used to be able to exit alone. It’s a problem for me as an introvert, however it’s attention-grabbing to fulfill all these completely different clinicians and be uncovered to a wide range of personalities. Typically it’s arduous to decide, however there’s somebody I can discuss the interview by way of with if I must.

I’ve talked about in a few of my posts that I’ve ventured into the entrepreneurial sphere as properly. I launched my firm in 2020 after finishing a 60-hour entrepreneurial coaching program however pivoted my enterprise mannequin this 12 months after collaborating in an intensive accelerated entrepreneurship course.

And my freelance writing profession is taking off. After over 10 years of being printed in literary journals and anthologies (for cost in copies), I’m lastly being printed in on-line magazines that pay. Yeah!

So, the important thing query is how. How do I handle my time and the way do I handle the work stress?

Managing My Time

I’m a extremely early riser with out an alarm clock. I don’t know why. I’ve at all times been that means. I get up round 4 AM, have a cup of espresso, and get to work both on my firm or writing or modifying a contract article. I hold a really detailed paper calendar in pencil with due dates in addition to key dates alongside the way in which to make sure I’m making progress on my tasks. I additionally use time blocking for prolonged tasks, wherein I put aside a two- or three-hour block of time to commit to at least one challenge with a single-minded focus. I attempt to decrease interruptions as a lot as attainable. This will likely sound counterintuitive, however I discover if I really want to focus, I’ll go away my condo and go to a espresso store to work. I discover fewer distractions there than in my condo.

I work at my full-time job on Saturday mornings, however the remainder of the weekend is usually spent engaged on my companyand my freelance tasks. Weekends are like clean canvases unfold earlier than me and it’s as much as me to fill within the time in essentially the most environment friendly means attainable.

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Coping with Work Stress

My work as a psychotherapist is hectic. I’m coping with individuals’s lives and their psyches. I depend on my expertise as a clinician (22 years), my lived expertise with psychological sickness (what would I wish to hear proper now?), and my intestine. Do I consider my shoppers after I flip off my pc? Positive, it’s nearly unattainable to not. Have I gotten higher at not “taking my work residence with me”? I’ve needed to so as to not have one other stroke as I did in 2018. They by no means discovered the reason for the stroke and I’ve to imagine that stress was an element.

Writing has helped. Engaged on my firm has helped. Though it’s very a lot a enterprise, it was borne out of a ardour to present again. My rescue canine Shelby has been an excellent distraction. She’s arduous to disregard when she’s on her again asking for a stomach rub.

Deadlines are a supply of stress, too. The primary deadline I’ve to cope with comes with my full-time job as a psychotherapist: For each session that I’ve, I’ve to put in writing a be aware and put it in our firm’s EMR or digital medical document. This needs to be carried out in a well timed method. I wish to get it carried out the identical day because the session, whereas the content material is recent in my thoughts in order that I get a recent begin the subsequent day.

Clearly, freelance writing has deadlines. Not just for the articles however for the revisions the editor requests. Proper now I’m working with an editor who is hard to get in contact with. I end the article and the revisions and electronic mail them to her after which don’t hear from her. That’s a unique sort of stress.

How do I cope with deadline stress? Realizing that I’m ready, and never ready till the final minute. I’m not good at pulling all-nighters. How do I cope with the disappearing editor? It is the identical factor I inform my shoppers: I can’t management her actions. I can management my actions, i.e., getting her what she requested on time and sending her a follow-up electronic mail. And ready and trusting that I’ll hear from her when she will get to it. And reminding myself she’s just one particular person and she or he’s additionally extremely busy.

One night after I was shopping the net, I stumbled on a category on work stress that teaches all about figuring out forms of stress, navigating triggers, using coping methods, and extra. There are eight modules, every a couple of completely different facet of labor stress.

Only a be aware: I don’t multitask, that’s, go from engaged on my firm to my job as a psychotherapist and again to my firm. Multitasking is just not environment friendly, however moreover, the cognitive harm I suffered as a consequence of my stroke, which was within the space of govt functioning, left me unable to multitask. If I attempted I’d turn into confused and make lots of errors, so I don’t even make the try.

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