The Messenger Chronicles: Managing Stress and Time

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Overview

The "Messenger Chronicles: Effective communication strategies for difficult conversations" presents a new framework for communication in difficult situations. This framework shifts focus away from managing "difficult" people towards an understanding of the process of difficult conversations and accepting responsibility for one's own performance. Given realistic situations and real-world conversations, learners will experience communication strategies and practical techniques in context.

The "Messenger Chronicles" is organized into a number of modules that simulate realistic conversations. Many of the conversations are split into three sections: Read, Think and Analyze. Learners will read a conversation and then will be asked to think about certain aspects of the conversation by answering questions or engaging in activities. Further information can be gained from an interactive analysis of the conversation.

This series includes the following courses:

  • Messenger Chronicles: Intro and 4Cs
  • Messenger Chronicles: Flex Time Fiasco
  • Messenger Chronicles: Be Prepared!
  • Messenger Chronicles: Managing Stress and Time
  • Messenger Chronicles: Moving Towards Synergy

It is recommended that you take these courses in the order listed above as the content from courses in the beginning of the series provides a foundation for the courses later in the series.

At the end of completing all 5 courses, learners will be able to become more aware of their individual communication performance and strive for higher levels of performance.

The latest module, "Managing Stress and Time," helps learners to recognize the symptoms of stress and the factors that may increase their susceptibility to stress. Strategies to manage stress are offered in the scenario-based training. Learners are also given a framework for managing and prioritizing tasks to help minimize "stress-causing" situations. Job aids like the "Project Startup Tool" and the "Urgent/Important Matrix" are provided for learners' use.

Like the other modules in "The Messenger Chronicles," "Managing Stress and Time" features strategies and frameworks used in real-world situations that learners can apply to their own environments. Open-ended and multiple-choice questions give learners the opportunity to reflect on the course content and compare their thoughts to expert recommendations.

"Managing Stress and Time" is the fourth course in this series. At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • List four symptoms of stress.
  • Describe two ways people react to stress.
  • List some factors that affect a person's vulnerability to stress.
  • List and describe four ways to manage stress.
  • Explain the "myth of multi-tasking."
  • Describe how the "Urgent/Important" matrix can be applied to your work.
  • List two reasons why a person may procrastinate.
  • Describe strategies for effective conversations.

The planners and course authors have no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity. No commercial support has been accepted for this activity.

Employed by or in New York State?

If you are employed by NYS or a local health department in NYS, we recommend that you enroll for this course through the NYS Department of Health Learning Management System (DOH LMS).