First, we would suggest taking a few minutes to write down some of the things in your work life at present that are stressful. Be as specific as you can.
Second, it may be of equal value for you to open up the
process to include notes to yourself not only about
stressors at work but also in the rest of your life. It's
still your life, and we have never met a person who is such
a good compartmentalizer that there is no spillover
whatsoever of personal stress into the workplace, or vice
In fact, a major study published in early 1998 by
James Bond (really!) and his associates at the Families and
Work Institute verified this very issue, which doubtless
makes intuitive sense to you already. Called "The 1997
National Study of the Changing Workforce" (Bond, Galinsky,
& Swanberg, 1998), one of the major findings was what
the researchers called "the spillover effect" -- pressures
at work come home to impact family life, and family demands
affect performance at work.
You need to decide whether it will be more helpful for you to gather
data over a particular period of time, or instead to begin with whatever comes
right off the top of your head at this moment, then to reflect on what's going
on and how, if at all, it is impacting your work.
If you need some journaling reminders about how best to help
yourself keep track of the important issues, click here to make a quick visit to the journaling material.