What are the Do’s and don’ts of Handling Stress?

Question and Answer Series with Michelle Mccullough

 

A study done by the American Psychological association found that 48% of respondents noted that they feel like their stress has increased over the last five years. With the everyday roles and responsibilities on our plates every day, it’s no wonder we’re stressed and overwhelmed.

Stress is a big problem for a lot of us today. I narrowed down how to deal with stress by compiling a simple do’s and don’t list. Today’s blog topic will best be discussed through a series of questions and answers. Let’s jump right in to the first one.

Question #1 : When you’re stressed, what’s on your Don’t List?

Michelle: Number one hopefully happens before you get stressed. Don’t Over-Schedule Yourself. Some of our stress is self Imposed, make sure you give time in your schedule for relaxation, sleep, etc.

Question #2: Some of that sounds easier said than done. What’s on your DO list to help people in stressful times?

Michelle: Focus on the present. There may be a lot of challenges in the future, but the present is all that is in our control. We need to spend more time focusing on what we can control and let the future come what may. The old adage that worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere, is true. Spend your time thinking about the things in your control.

Question #3: Many of us have taxing jobs and a lot of personal responsibilities what would you recommend that we do first?

Michelle: Ask for help. The demands we have on our lives AND the worry combined are a lot so we need to not do it alone. Whether you’re a CEO or a stay at home parent we all need help with our responsibilities. So whether it’s hiring good help or trading with friends – not only does it lift a burden, but it helps us remember that we’re not alone. Community and solidarity are great antidotes to stress.

Question #4: What would be your final tip for to de-stress?

Michelle: Create a “Play List” . In my book The Make It Happen Blueprint, one of the ways we tackle the feeling of being overwhelmed is through things that bring us joy. It can be making time for a hobby, reading a good book, or even learning something new. I recommend to corporate clients and high performance individuals to make sure they do something every day that takes their mind off the stress and also helps them develop personally with things they enjoy.

How Can I Better Manage my Emails?

Question and Answer with Michelle Mccullough

Studies show that employees waste 17 hours a week on pointless work email. Take 17 and times it by all of your employees and that’s a hefty expense for businesses. Today’s blog will help us all better manage our email whether you work in an office or not.

Let’s start with some questions.
Question #1: Is that your actual email number? You have 62,000 unread emails?

Michelle: Yes I do have that many emails, and trust me I wish that wasn’t me. I have 7 different emails for 4 different companies that I manage every day. I’m not the person who gets my inbox to zero before being done for the day, but there are some things I do to help keep me sane, because there are many weeks I spend MORE than 17 hours a week in email.

Question #2: What would you say is the number one things professionals should do when managing their email?

Michelle: They should set a schedule for when they look at email. It shouldn’t be open all the time and notifications should be turned off. A study by Basex research shows that that if you’re in a project and you get interrupted, it takes 20 minutes to get your brain back to the point where you were. Productivity would increase if you check your emails 3 times a day. Morning when you get in, right before or right after lunch and right before you leave for the day.

Question #3: Many people get SO many emails, that only checking 3 times a day doesn’t seem like enough to sift through everything. What would your advice be for that?

Michelle: That’s why I recommend opting out of emails and there’s a great service called unroll.me that will tell you what lists you are signed up for and you can opt out on the screen with a click of a button. Cut back the junk and it makes the important stuff easier to respond to.

Question #4: How do you recommend people sift through email so they are focusing on the biggest priorities first?

Michelle: I recommend using folders. In most email clients you can set rules to send certain messages to certain folders so you can access them easily. You can also have your email client Star or bold emails from certain clients or your boss. If that’s not enough, I found out about a service called Sanebox that goes even further with rules and folders so that you can take back your email.

4 Ways to Be an Indispensable Employee

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I’m being asked by corporations to come and encourage the basics: positivity, productivity and all aspects of peak performance.
Employers are recognizing the need to make some things that seem common sense more common practice.
I wish I had 10 minutes to dive into each of these a little deeper! It was great to be back in the studio for my 4 favorite things employees can do to set themselves up to succeed AND to be indispensable!

Dreams and Despair – My TEDxRiverton VIDEO is LIVE

How I Got Into Speaking and Why THIS Video Matters

For a decade I’ve been speaking to groups and audiences on two different tracks: Marketing and Motivation.
My educational and corporate experience background is in marketing.  I studied marketing, advertising and public relations in college.  I worked at three advertising agencies, a television station, a radio station and I started a newspaper at the college I attended. I initially was asked to speak about marketing planning and execution, and I started to create products and programs to support this side of my business.  Social media came along and I was an early adopter and I created speeches and programs to help businesses through what I called The Social Media Blueprint.  I loved being part of this conversation and this industry that is every growing and ever innovating.
I was speaking while running 3 different businesses with two young kids at home.  People started asking me, “Michelle, HOW do you do it all?”
Enter the second kind of speaking I do on a regular basis: motivation and peak performance.  I’ve always loved conversations around productivity and goals.  I was speaking at women’s groups and on panels about life balance and success.  Companies invited me to talk to their teams about getting more done, being more effective and how to truly love what they do. That’s when my book, “The Make It Happen Blueprint” was born.
This TEDx is the answer to “What’s next for you, Michelle?”
Peak performance, success and productivity will always be a part of my business…but Happiness, and The HappyIST are my focus moving forward.  Businesses, non-profits AND individuals are effected by the levels of happiness of their employees.  In fact, the culture of your organization is not just shaped by your mission, but the people who embody that mission.
Life can be challenging and everyone has their own unique challenges to face, in addition to providing for themselves and their families.  That’s why this conversation is so important to businesses as well as individuals.
I wish I had a 60 minutes to share more thoughts, and in the coming days and weeks, I will.
For now, I hope you’ll watch this 10 minute video.  I was honored to be selected for TEDxRiverton.  Enjoy!

The Moments That Define You & Make You Better

I had this experience flying home from a speaking event 3 years ago. It came up in my Facebook memories and I wanted to share it with you. Have you had moments that remind you about the bigger picture? – Michelle

I am at a loss for words and an abundance of tears. A series of divine events had me seated next to two teens with prosthetic legs on my flight tonight. The boy next to me immediately started up a conversation. These “make it happen” kids are friendly, fun, and cute. We chatted for five minutes before I noticed. They told me their stories, that they both want to go into prosthetics when they grow up and that they were in Utah for a white water rafting trip with 16 other kids from all across the country. I did a very good job of holding back my tears for these sweet kids. They showed me their craft activities they did and this one particularly touched me. They ARE magic and so was the experience sitting next to them. God is good to me on delayed flights.

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