High Performance Coach for Business Leaders

High Performance Coach for Business Leaders

Reduce Your Stress Level by Half

by | Apr 23, 2024

Let’s face it, work is stressful much of the time.

But here are 3 great ways you can dramatically reduce the stress you’re feeling in the workplace:

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According to the legendary productivity guru David Allen, there are three types of tasks we must handle at work:

  1. Pre-defined work.
  2. Interruptions (in person, by phone, email, Slack etc)
  3. Planning the work we need to do.

In David’s experience, it is usually the third area that is done poorly, or not at all.

We simply don’t do enough planning of our workload. And as a result, we often feel great stress, because we are not exactly sure what tasks to do, in what order, and how long we have to do them.

If you can just resist the urge to keep working and discipline yourself to stop several times a day to update your To-do list, and then prioritise the list in order of importance, your stress will plummet within hours.

Planning is one of the most underused methods there is to reduce stress and re-establish feelings of control, calm and order.


One of my favourite quotes comes from success expert Brian Tracy: “All improvement in your life begins with an improvement in your mental pictures.”

How true that is.

If you are stressed it is usually because you keep replaying pictures in your mind of negative things that could happen. And what you focus on in life tends to increase.

Stop that now. Discipline yourself to persistently replace negative pictures with positive ones, all day long. The truth is, many of the stressful things we worry about occurring at work actually don’t.

As the great author Mark Twain put it, “I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”


You have probably heard of the 80/20 Principle.

In essence, it’s that 20% of what you do generally gives you 80% of your results.

But what about the most valuable 20% of that valuable 20%?

That is where the 64 /4 Rule comes in.

The 64 /4 Rule says that 4% of the tasks you do will give you around 64% of all your results.

Just 4%!

In other words, stop getting stressed trying to do so much, and instead think really, really carefully about the tiny amount of activities that would really improve your situation.

Reduce, reduce, reduce your activities to what really counts. Following the 64/4 Rule is a fantastic way to not just achieve a lot more, but also massively lower your stress at work.

When I coach CEOs and entrepreneurs, I use a lot of techniques to reduce their stress.

But the ones above are three of the most effective.

Siimon Reynolds

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Siimon Reynolds, a marketing entrepreneur, now mentors global CEOs and entrepreneurs, distinguishing himself through his own business success.

Siimon has been a major force in advertising and marketing since his early twenties, winning numerous prestigious awards worldwide for creativity.

He now mentors business leaders and entrepreneurs on high-performance strategies for both business and personal success.

Siimon Reynolds, a seasoned speaker, has shared the stage with luminaries such as Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, and others.