Continuing with our Stress Awareness month series, this week we spoke to our client, Gauthier, from Google to ask him how he copes with stress in the workplace.

Gauthier provided us with three awesome techniques that can be applied everyday to create a less stressful environment for yourself and those around you:

"I don’t think you need to be a zen master to live a happy and stressless life; I find discipline very helpful in reducing and managing stress. Realistically, you will never be 100% stress free, so when you do experience stressful situations, try to keep them under control. Here are some useful tips that i use for staying on top of it:

I. Over-invest on time management.

Don’t try to achieve too many things at the same time! Try to focus on one task at a time and always give yourself time to think and reflect. If you run from one meeting to another all day long, you will never get a chance to think about what it is that you want to achieve, or how you will do it. Simple things like blocking 10 minutes before and after each important meeting of your day will help you clear your mind and focus on the outcome. By planning and visualising the outcome you will be more likely to maintain control throughout the process.

II. Eat a frog.

Just as important as time management is knowing where and how to get started. We all have seemingly tedious or insignificant responsibilities that we keep postponing because we simply don’t like doing them. These things are ‘frogs’. By getting rid of them as early in the day as possible you’ll give yourself a sense of accomplishment that will boost your wellbeing and productivity for the rest of the day. We call this “eating frogs for breakfast”.

III. The power to say no.

We usually think that to be the best performer or to go after the next promotion, you need to say yes to everything and take on more and more responsibilities. The reality can be quite different though. Many leaders are expected to know how to say no. If there are things you are asked to do, but they have no real purpose or meaning for you, you should feel comfortable saying “no”. The key however is to not simply say “no” but to offer an explanation with it and only when it is not detrimental for those around you."

Thank you so much Gauthier on your insight! We are now off to Eat a Frog!

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