Believe it not … small amounts of stress is actually good for you. Having said that, Cortisol (The Stress Chemical) is released from your adrenal gland for physical protection. If you were in a burning building and the stress level spiked, releasing the cortisol in your system would give you the burst of energy you need to get out of harms way. The benefit are two fold, one being the burst of energy, the second being the physical exercise that should proceed from the cortisol spike. The danger comes when we have mental stress, and worry about things that we can’t control. The cortisol gets released into system, increasing our heart rate, blood sugars levels spike and blood pressure rises. This can trigger a host of problems from depression, over eating, and a lack of energy. The excess cortisol will also make you crave unhealthy carbs, whichtriggers a fat storing function in the body.
The effects of higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream (like those associated with chronic stress) have been shown to have negative effects, such as:
Bear in mind that an appropriate stress response is a healthy and necessary part of life. One of the things stress does is release norepinephrine, one of the principal excitatory eurotransmitters. Norepinephrine is needed to create new memories. It improves your mood. Problems feel more like challenges, which encourages creative thinking, that stimulates your brain to grow new connections within itself. Stress management is the key, not stress elimination. The challenge in this day and age is to not let the sympathetic nervous system stay chronically aroused. This may require knowledge of techniques that work to activate your relaxation response.
Coming soon to Opus Workspace is Gary Parks; “Opus Maximize your Personal Performance” life Manual. Understand how to use Stress as your personal motivator, managing this could be the the one thing that has held you back.
Memory is a fought for resource. How many things in our lives are trying to get our attention, the media spends billions a year in marketing to get into our memory. So here are a few practical tips to remember the important things in our lives.
Reminders inside Opus Workspace
Reminders are located inside your task in the right menu.
Reminders are a great way to remind you about a task by sending yourself an email at a selected time and date. You can also use reminders as a start date. All your reminders show up in your calendar.
The Differences Between Goals and Dreams
Don’t confuse your dreams with goals. Dreams occupy your mind, but goals change your reality.
Here is the differenece between Dreams and Goals:
Setting Goals with Due Dates in Opus
Due dates are located inside your Workspace or Task in the right menu.
If at all possible, it’s always a good idea to assign due dates to tasks or workspaces.
Here are some advantages:
“A Goal without a due date is only a wish”.
Your Email Is Not Your To-Do List
Most of us if we are honest feel the need to be more efficient and better organized at work. A common mistake people make when they are making changes to becoming a better worker is to use the same tools they already use for other new things.
Using a tool for the purpose other than it was originally designed for entails a very high cost in terms of efficiency and time, especially for the demand in daily maintenance.
There is an endless number of great software to help you be more organized and remain more efficient. Evernote, Google Calendar, Email, and the list goes on and on.
One of the most common practices, especially in the corporate world, is to use the email as a to-do list. If it is your case, let me give you some reasons why you should stop doing it now:
Separate your email from your task management. When you are checking your inbox, just capture the necessary actions in your task manager.