Being approached by a company when you are a blogger makes you both excited and nervous.  On the one hand, you are excited someone recognizes something in you and wants to work with you.  On the other hand, you concern yourself with whether or not this company fits well with who you are and the brand you are trying to develop.  So when someone approached me to work with them on a post, I was concerned.  After some brief negotiation, they sent over a post for me to peruse, without informing me about the product or contents.  So you can understand how nervous I was when I clicked the link to find out what kind of product they wanted to promote.

You can imagine my relief when I saw that it was a suite that integrated well with Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management software.  First of all, to associate myself with a company enhancing the usefulness of already excellent Microsoft products, feels like something I can genuinely promote.  Microsoft PPM sets the standard when it comes to high end project management software.  And supporting Microsoft Project Viewer, a tool that enhances this amazing piece of software, is something well worth my time.  In addition, this post already enhances other topics covered here at the Guide I have recently discussed, such as ways to be comfortable or promote relaxation.  Promoting this felt right.

Nevertheless, I need to state the following.  This post is a sponsored post.  Neither the content of this post, the pictures provided nor the links attached to this post were written by me.  I received monetary compensation for this post from Steelray.  While I cannot validate the accuracy of every claim made about the product, I support the thoughts expressed therein.  

Four Ways to Stay Organized When Stress Approaches

Setting your schedule and your priorities is one way to help you stay organized and alleviate unnecessary stress from your life.


We all hit a point in life where things get chaotic and stressful. Daily demands seem to be persistent as they knock on our door forcibly ensuring we pay attention to their every need. We spend sleepless nights restlessly tossing from side to side as we desperately try to turn off the looping to-do list in our heads. During the day’s waking hours, thoughts are scattered and disjointed as we approach the monotony of life and just try to keep our head above water with the struggles and stressors that press in on us like a tightening vise clamping a piece of wood. These type of phases are inevitable for almost everyone, but by having a plan to address their petulance before their arrival, you can significantly diminish their consistency and longevity.

Stress is an unwelcomed but reliable obstacle. By preparing for it in times of calm, you have the opportunity to think through your reactions and emotions logically and without added pressure. Having a game plan during the stress-free times means you are likely going to be better equipped for when the storm of stress does come to your shore. Staying organized when stress is on the horizon is essential to negate its effects. Here are four ways to stay organized during stressful times:

1)  Surround yourself with a positive support system.

Have a group of supportive people you can rely on when you feel stressed. This group of individuals should know your personality well enough to understand how you are going to respond to stressful stimuli and they can provide a supportive shoulder to lean on when you need it most.

2)  Create or find a place where you can relax and unplug.

Sometimes the best thing to do to alleviate stress is just to step away, even if it is only for a short time. Find a quiet, peaceful environment where you can turn off the world’s noise and recenter your mind.

Ease your mind and your muscles by giving yourself a time out to relax and recharge.


3)  Do not lose track of your goals.

Every morning take some time to set daily goals. Write them out and put them in a place you are sure to see them throughout the day. The list should include short and long-term objectives to help keep you on track when outside influences threaten to manipulate your time and energy.

4)  Have all the equipment you need to get the job done correctly the first time.

If you are going to mow your lawn, you would not head outside with a pair of scissors and start clipping your way through the yard. The unconventional task would take an unnecessary amount of time and energy and subsequently cause unwarranted stress. When you are in the workplace, it is equally as important to have the proper equipment, technology, and software to do your job correctly. This helps you mitigate stress by being properly prepared.


Project Managers are aware of how stressful the demands of the job can become, especially if they do not have adequate and reliable software and equipment. Managing the workflow, tasks, and schedules of an entire team, all while keeping the overall job on budget and on time means maneuvering and coordinating a variety of moving parts to ensure the the successful progression of the job. Project Managers need to rely heavily on their software and the leading software for the job is Microsoft Project & Portfolio Management (Microsoft PPM).

Microsoft PPM is the undisputed industry-leading project management software, but it comes with its own set of unique issues. For example, as schedules grow in their complexity their size can not be reduced to a printer-friendly proportion. You have to print pieces of the schedule individually and taped them together to view it holistically. Then shortly after physically adhering the schedule together, it is out of date due to new task updates, and a new schedule needs assembling. Furthermore, only small portions of the job details can be viewed by the entire team, leaving a vast majority of the details obscured.

Brian Leach, a long-time Project Manager and now CEO for Steelray, identified these obstacles and developed a compatible and trusted software solution to integrate with Microsoft PPM. He named the enhancement software, Microsoft Project Viewer. Coupled with Microsoft PPM, it is a software suite trusted by brands such as GE Healthcare, Comcast Cable, Nike, Nokia, IBM, Lockheed Martin, and Deloitte, just to name a few. Microsoft Project Viewer gives users more printing capabilities, up-to-date task management notifications, enhanced viewing options, and all the comforts of familiar charts and views from Microsoft PPM. One of the added benefits with Microsoft Project Viewer is that when implemented there is a significant cost saving because only the Project Manager needs the parent software, Microsoft PPM, which has a much higher price tag than its complement Microsoft Project Viewer.


Software solutions, like Steelray’s Microsoft Project Viewer, are the exact types of software and technology solutions to help ease stress from your life because they are reliable and adaptable. They are industry-vetted and proven by major corporations, and they help save time and money when budgets tighten, and deadlines loom.

Start alleviating some of your stress and pressure points today by trying Microsoft Project Viewer free for 10-days with their risk-free trial offer at

Continue The Conversation –

I would be curious as to what sorts of tools that you use to keep organized.  I realize that as a blogger, a planner is a good start, but as things get larger, having a larger, more useful project management tool becomes essential.  What things do you use?  What kinds of products would interest you to help increase productivity and organization as your business begins to grow and expand?  Also, what other things do you use to manage stress in your life?  I look forward to hearing from you.

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David Elliott, Single Dad’s Guide to Life