This post is part of our Monthly-ish Tips series.


Full disclosure, there’s no new tip this week. I simply didn’t get ‘er done. And instead of trying to shoe-horn one in, delivering something sub-par that comes with a lot of stress as its price tag, I’m choosing a little reprieve for me and my team. Because if there’s one thing we all need less of right now, it’s added stress of any kind.

In that vein, I’m recycling a few stress-lowering Weekly Tips from the archives:

Now consider one of my favorite all-time stress reducers, which is scheduled R&R. Carve out a few minutes in the day this week, along with something more ambitious for the future. If you’ll be out of the office in the coming months, append a heads-up to your email signature now, as one client of mine once did (“UPCOMING PTO: Friday, July 3 – Friday, July 10, 2020”). Then use a trust-building out of office message while you’re offline.

(Deep breath.)

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Andrea Howe

As the founder of The Get Real Project, I am the steward of our vision and our service offerings, as well as a workshop leader and keynote speaker. Above all else, I am an entrepreneur on a mission: to kick conventional business wisdom to the curb and transform how people work together as a result. I am also the co-author, with Charles H. Green, of The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook (Wiley, 2012).