Have a tough workplace problem that you just cannot seem to solve?
Quickly reaching the “burnout” plateau?
You might think that increased perseverance always pays off. But in fact, this doesn’t always do the trick. In many cases, we need to change the game plan to make progress.
Here are 5 strategies that I use to power through a tough work-related dilemmas:
- Watch comedy. Getting the current issue off your mind and breaking the cycle of tension is key. Personally, a great situational comedy or stand-up routine works quite well. We’ve all heard of the benefits of a good laugh in regard to stress and overall mood. Laughing can certainly offer a boost to your work life as well.
- Listen to a TED Talk. I find that listening to great speakers inspirational. Somehow when their ideas start to flow, my brain wants to follow suit. (I’ve probably started 10 outlines on various topics.) Start with the best of TED right here.
- Talk. Discuss the problem with someone you do not work with. In many cases, those not in the midst of our worries can draw parallels to issues that they have already solved in the past — and you are the lucky beneficiary. Keep the details to yourself if they are sensitive, but share the gist of the problem.
- Walk. Last year, I vowed to walk every day. (For the most part, I’ve kept that promise. Although I’m working on deep winter options. ) Even a brief stroll around the block, can clear your head and help you change gears. Get out there.
- Rest. Yep. Sleep on it. We can resolve all sorts of issues in REM sleep — and your current problem may end up on the docket. (See the research on REM sleep and creative problem-solving here.) Take advantage of your body’s natural defenses against chaos and turn in early. Then be sure to have your notebook handy.
What are your strategies? Share them here.
Dr. Marla Gottschalk is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, consultant and coach. She holds the role of Senior Consultant at Allied Talent, bringing the principles of The Alliance to organizations worldwide.