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Reduce Stress: Be a Better Multitasker

Reduce Stress: Be a Better Multitasker

By Jennifer Olvera

Dealing with the rigors of daily life is never easy. Sometimes, it’s downright overwhelming. In order to keep your focus and, ultimately, achieve your educational and career goals, it’s essential to master the art of multitasking — while keeping your stress level in check. Here’s how.


No one can do everything well at once. In fact, it’s a sure-fire way to fall flat. Rather than pile on your responsibilities to the point they become debilitating, figure out what’s most important and work from there. Make a list that identifies the urgency of various tasks, and come up with a concrete plan to get them done. Then, cross things off your list as they’re completed. This not only helps you track your goals — it gives you a sense of accomplishment.

Delegate Responsibilities

In line with not taking on too much at once, it’s important to rely on others to accomplish day-to-day responsibilities. This approach can help avoid overload and considerably minimize stress. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and don’t be afraid to expect it from subordinates in the workplace. When it comes to school, lean on classmates by forming a study group with niches carved out for individual members.

Make Time For Yourself

The quality of your performance — whether at school or in the workplace — depends largely on how you feel. Find ways to keep yourself physically and mentally strong, whether it’s engaging in an exercise routine, going for a walk to clear your head or treating yourself to an indulgent spa service once in a while. These things, however simple, can ready you to face another day — with grace.

Laugh — A Lot

Keeping a positive outlook certainly impacts the way you feel. And the way you feel is directly linked to your ability to successfully tackle responsibilities. So, however busy you are, don’t forget to see the humor in things and laugh — and laugh often — to help reduce stress.

Get Your Rest

Sleep has a profound effect on how you cope with stress, and it helps your brain stay on task throughout the day. Therefore, it’s important to set a bedtime schedule and stick with it. And while this may be easier said than done, it’s essential if you’re to remain focused and productive. Figure out what relaxation techniques work for you, and begin winding down this way at the same time each night.