Ways to Deal With Stress and Stay Productive

Stressed? Overwhelmed? Catatonic?

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For many of us, internet marketing is a roller coaster ride, filled with peaks of full-blast productivity and success and dangerous dips into the dark cold abyss of information overload, scattered thinking, stalled productivity, torturing guilt, and muscle spasm or stiff neck syndrome.

Like low blood sugar levels in your body, low internet marketing dips can be hazardous. You don’t want to go there too often if at all.

That’s why you need to set-up an emergency plan that will buffer those lows, keeping you in the safe productive zone.

When I start to dip, as I did this week, I like to find inspiration. Sometimes, it’s as simple as taking the dog for a walk, enjoying beautiful photography like the horse photo above, or reading top blogs and having a brainstorm session for future ideas.

But that’s just me. What works for you, may be entirely different.

Great Ways To Stay Productive

I’ve included a slideshow that suggests a whole bunch of ways to prevent productivity deterioration and paralysis that come from stress and information overload. Pick your favourites and start drawing out your emergency plan today. 

So, how do you handle the stress and stay productive?


Keep moving forward…

9 Responses to Ways to Deal With Stress and Stay Productive

  1. Hey Partner

    Well done!I agree some days are like sparkling diamonds and others are like dust and just seem to crumble. Yes we all need inspiritation.

    Yes like you I have had a bit of time away at the moment but it will not be too long before it is full steam ahead.

    To YOUR success

    Sue

  2. Hello Louise,

    Love this post! Especially the slide show. The first four slides I get a lot out of…setting REALISTIC goals, setting a schedule, which creates a habit, and then get the blessed thing posted.

    It seems I spend more time getting it right, than just getting it going. Thank you for the reminder that it doesn’t have to be perfect. That’s an issue I’ve been working on for, like, forever.

    I’m not certain that this is an original Mike Litman quote, but I attribute hearing it from him – “You don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going.” Wise words, indeed! Thank you, Louise.

    Tom

  3. Hi Louise
    I think a few of us are feeling that we need a break at the moment. We should not keep pushing ourselves when we know we have had enough for now. I do it all the time, even though I know I shouldn’t. I am so used to working all hours that I started to feel guilty about how little time I had to work – 6 hours instead of 8-10. That’s when I decided to take a break and slow down to a standstill for a few days.
    Dee

  4. Good for you Dee.

    I find when I push myself through, I actually become less productive and more confused. A very inefficient self-feeding cycle that actually creates the opposite of what I want. To create, to be productive, to be successful.

    I think a break is a good way to recharge your batteries. That’s why we invented the weekend! (Sad that so many of us don’t relax and enjoy it.)

    Have a great weekend!
    Louise

  5. Tom,
    Thanks for that quote. I also struggle with perfectionism, something I’m also learning that you have to let go of if you get into internet marketing. Perfectionism can be paralyzing!

    Louise

  6. Sue,
    In writing, when you reach the mid section of a project (probably the same for novelists), you tend to get lost or hit a wall of sorts. I think someone from IBCX wrote about this in one of their blog posts. Well, I think in the IBCX course, we’ve reached that mid part. You can’t see the beginning or the end, you are in the thick of it. So that can be overwhelming. It’s good to slow down, take a break to get your perspective back. Just make sure to come back!!!! That’s the only way you’ll finish what you started.

    Sometimes working on a different project that inspires you is just as energizing.

    AND having the support of your peers (like you!) is also very helpful.

    To OUR success
    Louise

  7. Hi Louise,

    I can relate to others. I push myself and tell myself I will take a break when I finish. The thing is I never finish. When I arrive I will take a break. Balance is the key but how many of us have it?

    Sincerely,
    Robert

  8. Hi Robert,
    Yes I often do that too…never break. But sometimes life makes you break whether it be through illness or through unplanned life demands – like your kids being sick, etc. In those instances, you have no choice.

    But, I’ve started to plan breaks. Then, when I return to my desk, I’m a lot more productive.

    Thanks for the comment!
    Louise

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