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Maximize Productivity in the Workplace; Avoid Unhealthy Stress-Coping Mechanisms

Drowning your sorrows is never a good way to help maintain productivity in the workplace.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance

People have many different ways of coping with stress that they may experience at work. It is important, however, that in order to maintain productivity in the workplace, that you avoid the following coping mechanisms, for whilst they may have short term benefits, the long term effect on your productivity and your health leave a lot to be desired.

Drinking Alcohol

Some people try to cope by having a few drinks in the evening. The alcohol soothes them and allows them to forget their worries for the night. The problems with this, in the long term, however, can be catastrophic. At best, you will find yourself becoming lethargic during the day, having to work through the hangovers every morning and being irritable with workmates. This does very little for your productivity in the workplace. At worst, you are risking serious health problems in the future. This kind of coping mechanism is to be avoided!

Overeating or Under Eating

It is well known that some people cope with problems by altering their eating pattern. Clearly, either approach has potential health problems, but even without considering those, they will have a massive effect on your ability to work. If you are under eating you will lack energy, meaning that even the simplest tasks at work will seem that harder; increasing your stress levels. Overeat and you will start to think more about your stomach than your work; again, your productivity will decrease as your stress levels rise.


Never put off today what you could do tomorrow; for what will you then do with tomorrow’s work? Procrastination is an avoidance technique; trying to tell yourself that you can forget the stress because the job isn’t important. Sadly, this is rarely the case, and putting off work places you under more pressure as the deadline draws near.

Avoid these stress-coping mechanisms or your productivity in the workplace, as well as your health, will deteriorate.

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The Main Causes of Procrastination From a Keynote Speaker

Procrastination, whether on a large scale or small scale, will kill an organization. Keynote speaker Andy Core cites work overload as one of the major causes of procrastination.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being, and Peak Human Performance.

Procrastination is the unnecessary postponement of a task. A keynote speaker will advise you that there are many reasons employees procrastinate. Here are some of the main causes.


Sometimes tasks are overwhelming and as an individual, you might find ways of avoiding them until later. For some reason, you are kept busy with other more important tasks and it is at this point that you will start feeling overwhelmed by the task that is waiting. Keynote speaker Andy Core explains that it is very normal to feel swamped by tasks and sometimes we tend to think we can never catch up. It is in this state of mind that people panic and in the end, procrastinate. This becomes a cycle and eventually an approach to everything that seems challenging.

Time Management

Most of the time, we find that tasks might be time consuming and as a result we tend to push them back. This is a common behavior amongst busy people and impatient people. Some are over confident about a task such that they wait until it’s too late and as a result may fail to complete the task on time. It is important to try tackling assignments as soon as possible. Keynote speaker Andy Core says that this gives you room to make adjustments or seek help in the specific area of a task that may be giving you problems.

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How Fatigue Is Making You Procrastinate And What To Do About It

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

Fatigue can cause you to procrastinate.

Fatigue can cause you to procrastinate.

One of the key reasons behind procrastination certainly is fatigue. If you attempt to work when you are knackered or completely wiped out, there will always be a voice buzzing constantly in your head, that will be begging for you to just quit the task and rest.

Simply put when you lack energy, you naturally lack enthusiasm. Every time you feel fatigued and inundated with too much work and you simply don’t have the sufficient amount of time to finish off your work, just aim to do all you can and just accept that you are only human and hence need your share of rest.

According to many researchers, during current times, average individuals are not getting enough sleep relative to the amount of work they are doing. Hence millions of them are working in a state where minds are completely clogged as a result of working too much and sleeping too little.

During such circumstances, sometimes the best thing to do is to head home early and get at least 8 hours of sleep. This will completely revive you and allow you to finish off double or triple the amount of the usual work you do and will be far higher in quality as well.

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