When you have a task to complete, learn everything you need to know in order to do it correctly. If you don’t fully understand, ASK someone. People are much more tolerant of a question than of a job done wrong.
When taking down directions, read them back to make certain you’ve made no mistakes. The same goes for copying phone numbers, credit card information, or messages over the phone. Repeat everything back to avoid potential problems stemming from transposed numbers or clerical mistakes.
When you give directions or information to another, have him repeat it back. Irritation and anxiety almost always stem from a lack of understanding, not intentional “misdoing.” Ask questions and clarify information to reduce or remove that potential.
To avoid stress and misunderstandings, know what is expected of you and clarify what you expect of others.
This is the most recent installment in an ongoing series elaborating on 52 proven stress relievers identified by researchers at Texas Woman’s University.