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Do you think Project & Project Management all the time?
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Do you think Project & Project Management all the time? A PM’s job is stressful; how do you balance the personal life? Are you able to get enough time to rest, and spend some quality time with your near & dear ones? What activities you involve in your leisure, apart from reading & learning, social networking & partying? What do you do for stress-busting?
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Household DIY stuff, running (when able). Much weekend time is catching up on household items and kids activities. Personal time is usually very early morning with the dogs, and later evening when the house quiets down again. I try to take advantage of my commute on the train for reading or listening to podcasts. Taking a run on the trails is a great stress buster!
I find physical activities, whether leisure or chores, a great way to give my mind a break. On the other hand, there are many times in my volunteer activities where a project management approach is foremost in my mind.
I fully disagree that PM job is stressful. Everything is stressful if you make it stressful. It is up to you.
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1 reply by Anupam
Oct 14, 2016 10:52 AM
Anupam
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What best practices will you recommend for PMs & new practitioners if such is the case?
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Oct 14, 2016 10:21 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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I fully disagree that PM job is stressful. Everything is stressful if you make it stressful. It is up to you.
What best practices will you recommend for PMs & new practitioners if such is the case?
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2 replies by Denise Canty and Sergio Luis Conte
Oct 14, 2016 2:14 PM
Sergio Luis Conte
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Perform project management.
Oct 14, 2016 2:15 PM
Denise Canty
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Best practices:

1. Breathe
2. Try to relax
3. Breathe again
No I don't think PM all the time. I do my best to leave work at work.
Oct 14, 2016 10:52 AM
Replying to Anupam
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What best practices will you recommend for PMs & new practitioners if such is the case?
Perform project management.
Oct 14, 2016 10:52 AM
Replying to Anupam
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What best practices will you recommend for PMs & new practitioners if such is the case?
Best practices:

1. Breathe
2. Try to relax
3. Breathe again
I personally try not to take PM with me home in terms of work but sometimes you have to. In terms of stress, I agree with Sergio, it can be stressful if you make it so but that doesn't meant it is not, it is stressful in a way but so are all other jobs.
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1 reply by Denise Canty
Oct 14, 2016 3:40 PM
Denise Canty
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Unfortunately, Rami, you are quite correct that PM stress goes home with many of us whether we like it or not.
Oct 14, 2016 2:45 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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I personally try not to take PM with me home in terms of work but sometimes you have to. In terms of stress, I agree with Sergio, it can be stressful if you make it so but that doesn't meant it is not, it is stressful in a way but so are all other jobs.
Unfortunately, Rami, you are quite correct that PM stress goes home with many of us whether we like it or not.
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Actually it is easier said than done.

Here are few stress related facts and statistics from all walks of life -

1. The Stress in America survey results show that adults continue to report high levels of stress and many report that their stress has increased over the past year – American Psychological Association.

2. 75% of adults reported experiencing moderate to high levels of stress in the past month and nearly half reported that their stress has increased in the past year – American Psychological Association.

3. Approximately 1 out of 75 people may experience panic disorder – National Institutes of Mental Health.

4. Stress is a top health concern for U.S. teens between 9th and 12th grade, psychologists say that if they don’t learn healthy ways to manage that stress now, it could have serious long-term health implications – American Psychological Association.

5. 80% of workers feel stress on the job and nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress. And 42% say their co-workers need such help – American Institute of Stress.

6. Stress levels in the workplace are rising with 6 in 10 workers in major global economies experiencing increased workplace stress. With China (86%) having the highest rise in workplace stress – The Regus Group

7. Alarmingly 91% of adult Australians feel stress in at least one important area of their lives. Almost 50% feel very stressed about one part of their life – Lifeline Australia.

8. Australian employees are absent for an average of 3.2 working days each year through stress. This workplace stress costs the Australian economy approximately $14.2 billion – Medibank

9. An estimated 442,000 individuals in Britain, who worked in 2007/08 believed that they were experiencing work-related stress at a level that was making them ill – Labor Force Survey.

10. Approximately 13.7 million working days are lost each year in the UK as a result of work-related illness at a cost of £28.3 billion per year – National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

11. Depression is among the leading causes of disability worldwide – World Health Organization

12. Fewer than 25% of those with depression world-wide have access to effective treatments – World Health Organization.

http://www.gostress.com/stress-facts/
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2 replies by Marcelo Siqueira and Mudassar Khan
Nov 11, 2016 5:45 PM
Marcelo Siqueira
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Wow, that's something! What about in India, do you have any numbers of your homeland?
Nov 14, 2016 12:57 PM
Mudassar Khan
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So what do you propose Anupam if one wants to relieve from stress and pressure ?
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