Stress Relief Tool – Arrive Early to Meetings

A simple solution to eliminating unnecessary stress is to plan on getting to all your appointments and commitments early.

Have you ever noticed that when you are running late, everything starts slowing you down? You are running late for work and you hit all the red lights. You are running late for a meeting and your boss needs an immediate five-minute chat. That before-lunch meeting is running late, and now you don’t have time to eat a proper meal. You get to the doctor’s office late, and now you have to wait longer because the next person has already been admitted. And with every one of these occurrences, your stress level goes up.

A simple solution to eliminating this unnecessary stress is to plan on getting to all your appointments and commitments early. If you get caught in traffic or held up, you’ll still be on time. And if you do actually manage to get there early, fantastic! Now you get some real YOU time. Read a novel, meditate, review your to-do list, make those phone calls, reply to emails, or simply relax for a moment and enjoy the view.

And it if is a meeting within your office building, set alarms for your meetings and commitments 10 minutes earlier than you normally would. When that alarm goes off, ask yourself “do I respect my co-workers’ time?” and then make a conscious effort to get to your next meeting early.

As an added bonus, those that you are meeting with will appreciate that you value their time just as much as your time. When you are constantly tardy, it sends the wrong message to your coworkers that you don’t have time management skills and/or are inconsiderate of their time.

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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