Surviving the End of Fiscal

It is that time of year again! For many of our clients, March represents the end of the fiscal year, and it can be a hectic, demanding time of year in the workplace. Below is some fuel for thought to challenge our personal beliefs on the value of taking time out, the purpose of worrying, and the need to maintain perspective and let go of perfection.

Take a minute to consider the following questions:

1. Do I think taking a break will impact my momentum?

It has been proven that taking breaks during intensive work periods will not slow you down. In fact, disconnecting for even a short while will increase your productivity when you do get back to things.

2. Am I insisting that everything be perfect as I define it?

In life, perfection is rarely required. In fact, most of the time, good is good enough.

3. Am I comfortable saying no?

One of the reasons we get over-committed is because of guilt and the feeling that we should always say yes to people. The real problem isn’t that people make demands on us, but that we don’t know how to deal with these demands in a tactful way.

Learning to let people know when you’re over-committed and can’t take something else on can help you survive a busy period.

4. Do I believe worrying helps me stay on top of things?

Worrying happens when you overestimate the likelihood that something is going to happen and underestimate your ability to adequately handle the situation should it arise. Worrying serves no purpose.

5. What would I say to a stressed out colleague/friend that I could say to myself at times of stress?

You have the ability to calm yourself down as much as you can others. In times of stress, talk to yourself the same way you would help a good friend rationalize the situation.

6. What can I do to tune out that little voice in my head that is catastrophizing the situation?

Pay attention to which voice you give credibility to; the one that says everything is going to be ok, or the one that is telling you otherwise?

7. Have you ever noticed the effect on you when you try to help others?

One of the best ways to keep our handle on our stress is to help others with theirs.

At the end of the day, all of these things are ultimately about perspective. The good news is, perspective is totally within our control, and maintaining a healthy perspective on the situation will go a long way to helping us get through a chaotic month.

Wishing you a less stressful end of fiscal!

Mélanie Poulin-Delisle and Kathleen Connelly