How to Live Longer As an Office Executive?

          Why do some office executives – especially overworked businessmen – grow prematurely old and die young? How can they avoid worry, stress, high blood pressure, and an eventual stroke or heart attack?

            Here are a few practical tips which are culled not from the musings of a rocking-chair philosopher but straight from the firing line of day-to-day office experience:

  1. Follow a healthful lifestyle. Prepare for the day by following the healthful regimen of sensible lifestyle. Get a good night’s rest. Do not borrow from your much needed sleeping time by watching the late, late show till past midnight. Or worse yet, dissipate your precious strength in a drinking spree with the boys till the wee hours of the morning.

Instead, get a good morning warm-up by jogging or walking around the block. Have a quick shower to get your circulation going. Eat a hearty breakfast. Fill your mind with thoughts of peace by looking at the blooming flowers still wet with the evening dew, or by listening to the happy songs of the birds, or simply breathing the freshness of the morning air.

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  1. Don’t procrastinate. Never allow your work to pile up. Loosen your necktie, roll up your sleeves, and tackle the jobs one by one as they come up. Resist the slightest temptation to procrastinate. Read the reports immediately. Call that long over-due committee meeting right away. Send the circulars today. Answer the letters now. Or simply give the idea to your secretary and she will frame the letter herself. Or call up your correspondent, if possible – he’s only a phone call away. Delegate some of the minor details – or even the bigger ones – to your associates. It’s good for their training and development, for you’re not only building up the business, you’re also building men.

  1. Clear your desk and mind. Clear your desk of all the debris. Some desks fairly groan under the load of a mountain of junk – financial statements, receipts, vouchers, feasibility studies, budget proposals, committee agendas, and many more. A cluttered desk tends to create a cluttered mind. By the same token, a cleared desk tends to produce clear thinking. Have you heard of the executive who found his “missing” portable notebook only after he had cleared his desk? When did you last see the delicate grains of your beautiful mahogany table under the glass top? Somehow you feel you’re on top of any problem if all you see in front of you is the one piece of paper you’re presently working on. The mere sight of a loaded table tires you immediately even if you haven’t done any work yet.

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  1. Take “mini vacations” through the day. Take short nap during the noon break. You may not have been born south of the border, but a few minutes of siesta tend to give you another new day as it were. And you can also take mini vacation every few hours’ interval by simply sitting on your swivel chair.
More often than not, what tires you at the end of the day is not the volume of work you’ve done but the thought of being snowed under an avalanche of unfinished work. The way to handle this situation is for you simply to do what you can each day, and you drive home in the evening with a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.

We may not be able to guarantee a long lifespan if you follow the above tips, but we can at least venture to say that you’ll probably enjoy your social security pension and benefits a little longer than the average successful business executive.