Stress Relief Tool – Plan Your Day

The more we feel in control of our day, the less stress we will generate.

When we feel like we are not in control, our stress level increases. Therefore, it makes sense that the more we feel in control of our day, the less anxious we will feel, and research backs this up.

You can combat stress before it even starts by proactively planning your day, your week, and even your year so that you have more control of your time. Interestingly, and by no means a surprise, nearly 25 percent of our happiness is related to our ability to manage stress.1 On your daily calendar, block out chunks of time when your coworkers cannot schedule meetings so that you can work undisturbed.

Try planning today by the relationships that are most important to you, instead of by schedules or deadlines. Everything we do is really just a reflection of the relationships we have with others or with ourselves.2 If you reflect this accordingly in your calendar (including “me time”) you will be true to yourself and less stressed because of it.


  1. Peláez, M. – Plan Your Way to Less Stress, More Happiness
  2. Davidson, S.G. – 101 Ways to Have a Great Day at Work

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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