This week I spoke with Aine Toner, editor of Woman’s Way. Aine has been editor of Woman’s Way for seven and a half years and there are another six people on her team. Aine has a very busy job, ensuring that the weekly issue of Woman’s Way is on shop shelves around the country every Tuesday. I’m really grateful to Aine for taking the time to chat to me about how she manages stress in such a busy job.
One of the things that came across immensely while taking to Aine was the sheer passion for what she does. She loves the daily task of getting the work done to meet the 5pm deadline every Thursday. Seventy percent of the content for Woman’s Way is new every week, while the other 30% is structured and is guaranteed to be there, for example, horoscopes. She’s passionate about publishing a quality magazine every week. She loves hearing feedback from women that they look forward to their hour to read Woman’s Way when the kid’s are in bed.
To manage time, and to meet the weekly deadline, Aine is super organised. She has a to-do list every day and enjoys ticking items off the list as they’re done. One of the strengths that has helped Aine in her role is her experience. She doesn’t get stressed out like she used to. Another strength is that she cares about the work she does, and the people she’s working with.
The most inspirational book that Aine has read is The Gratitude Diaries [by Janice Kaplan]. Reading is a way for Aine to manage stress. She reads three books a week and also does a little bit of writing, for herself. She also manages stress with walks, and with an hour of Tai Chi every week. The same passion that Aine used to talk about her work came through when she was talking about Tai Chi. This is her hour to switch off, forget about work and be completely present.
Finally, the main stress management strategy that Aine uses is talk to people. It came up in different ways during the interview. When you are having a bad day, just let people know. It’s ok, it happens, and usually it just lasts a day. If something is going on, don’t be afraid to talk to peope.
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