November 22, 2019

What’s your top tip regarding time management, and how do you best manage stress issues when they arise professionally and/or personally?

Jeremy Rice, WBLI: Everything should be planned 24/7. If you have a good schedule laid out, executing your plan will be successful. However, change is constant so always be ready to pivot and don’t complain, the world does not revolve around you. Allow yourself “thinking, writing, planning and prepping time” alone (usually while listening to your morning show) in the office 7:30-8:30am, that’s MY show prep, also. I never go “out” to lunch unless it’s an important business meeting. Lunch can be a big-time waster. Stress? That’s just part of life and our jobs! Don’t lose your cool, if you’re stressed think big picture and how we can fix the issue together. Running helps my stress in AMAZING ways, working out is a must!

Todd Shannon, WAPE: Utilize Outlook and have a written daily planner, and make sure you plan out your day in advance. I don’t let the stress really get to me and I think that’s one of the things my staff sees. I rarely get really mad, but I do get passionate and encourage things to happen in a different way at times. Also, when I go home and I’ve had a rough day I grab a beverage of choice and drop the needle on one of my favorite pieces of vinyl and just chill for about 30 minutes, and then I’m fine.

Rick Vaughn, KENZ: Wake up early and knock out things from home before you even get to the office. REMOTE ACCESS. As far as stress, I don’t create it like I used to. If you learn from the past, and stop the fruitless future what-iffing, what actually happens today is easier to navigate.

Jonathan Shuford, WRVW: I keep lists weekly and I prioritize tasks in three ways: does it have to get done today, this week, or is it a long-term project. Stress management…that’s why I have a therapist!

Jeff Hurley, WLAN: Prioritize as best you can and do the ugly work first. Try to keep an even keel, and not to get too high or too low.

Jon Zellner, iHeartMedia: Daily lists, Outlook, alcohol.

Rob Roberts, Cox Media Group: Do the stuff you don’t like doing first. It makes the end of the day so much more enjoyable.

Kobe, WWHT: Prioritize the really important tasks, and attack them in an expeditious manner which most of the time is more imperative than perfection. Sometimes we waste time because we’re in an endless pursuit of being perfect. For stress, I turn to music. I find music that helps me relate to the way I’m feeling at the time.

Jagger, WKSS: Just try to stay focused, constantly. I have a notepad of “things you need to accomplish” and scratch them off as I get them done. I try not to let stressful situations linger. I tend to talk things out. I always have an open ear, and never want to hold things in. I’d rather work toward solutions…and there are times I just swing a bat!

Erik Bradley, B96: Using lists and prioritize has always worked best for me regarding time management. Manage your stress best by just keeping things simple and in perspective.

Toby Knapp, WASH: Top Tip: Don’t ask me about time management because I suck at it. I just try to operate according to the mantra of “get your 5#1T done” and then play harder than you work. Stress: Get a great therapist, be okay with your feelings and feel ’em… and meditate or pray. Trust me on that meditate/pray part. It helps.

Jammer, WEZB: Delegate and medicate. Drink at work to manage stress! #kidding.

R Dub! Z90: Delegate, know when to say no, re-assess the plan if you’re not putting out your best work. Include communication, honesty and respect…and if you have the right team surrounding you, things will usually work out.

Matt Johnson, KSLZ: I’m not sure I have any kind of perfect answer for this. Different things have worked at different times in my life. All I know is to not take anything too personally. Everyone is working towards their goals. If I can find common ground in our end goals, I can usually find a way we can help each either get there. It helps to liberally apply compassion to all situations. I find this strategy effective personally and professionally.

Fish, WKRZ: You better be very organized if you’re going to successfully time-manage. Regarding stress, every situation is different and you have to approach each one with an open mind. You can’t let previous episodes of situations dictate how to deal with what’s currently on your plate.

Kevin Kash, WWEG: Regarding time management, it’s simple. Do it. Or don’t and watch the stress will show up. Stress is best dealt with by getting your head right to process the situation. Exercise helps, too.

Tommy Chuck, WFLZ: I actually love this topic and credit Clay Hunnicutt for teaching me as a young PD how to be a great time manager. One of the key things he taught was, don’t wait until things become urgent. When things become urgent and need to be done, you enter a crazy race, spending extra hours working, thus forcing all your colleagues to adopt your pace. It may all get done, but it probably could’ve been done with less drama.

Jonathan Reed, WNOK: Something for me… whenever something important comes through that can wait, I usually have to knock it out right then and there to take it off my plate. Managing stress issues when they arise professionally and/or personally? After the year I have had, it’s a work in progress.

Mike “OD” O’Donnell, WKRZ: Don’t necessarily put things off too long, try to plow through them as fast as you can. Don’t put it off until next week. For stress relief, sometimes in this ever-connected and ever-accessible digital age we operate in, at the end of the day you need to unplug and recharge and not think about radio for a little bit. Keep things in balance.

Sassy, WKXJ: Wake up an hour early, then wake up an hour early before that! My best time to be productive is before anyone is in the building. Having that extra two hours is worth it, even if you’re not a morning person. If you make
time, you will get a ton done. Lately, when I’m stressed out, I find watching Disney Plus really does the job for me. I love watching all of those older shows…makes me very happy!

Valentine, WBHT: Focus on the task is in front of you. One thing at a time! Also, let go of things out of your control.

Josh Wolff, WAEB: Clearly communicating priorities up and down the flagpole is one strategy to make sure you’re effectively using your time and getting to the most important stuff first. As for stress, I’m a pretty calm person and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Max Volume, KOZZ: I learned a lot from football. Manage the clock. Get the first down. Three things can happen when you throw the ball. Two of them are bad. Think through the goal! Funny how it all equates to radio.

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