This article has generated some good feedback, Richard. That's great!
It is our perception of the events that take place in our life and the interactions we have that can create stress for people. Stress is our interpretation of external events that produces internal distortion or strain.
For example, 3 people could experience the same event and there could be 3 different reactions. The reason for the varying reactions is caused by what has gone on before and the impact those events had on our emotional memory. (That is another topic.)
Generally, there are 3 common ways to deal with stress – avoid the situation that is causing you stress, change the situation or accept the circumstances. Another more effective way is to transform our perceptions...it goes deeper than accepting.
Your article talks about “altering” - putting a plan or system in place to help you get through your day effectively and efficiently. It is important to have these plans in place...but, what do you do when your assistant interrupts you with “something urgent” for the 5th time that day, the emails come in from that important client or the power goes out? What is telling, as Kate has pointed out, is how we are when these things happen.
It's our reaction that triggers a very real and measurable physiological change in our body that leave side-effects that last as long as 13 hrs. after the stressful event.
What is important to know is that when we learn how to balance our nervous system, we become much more efficient and effective and are able to handle the curve balls that life throws at us.
We've all heard the story of people who have forgotten “911” in an emergency. It sounds ridiculous, but that is the extreme of what happens when we are stressed...our brain function is impacted, as is a number of other systems. Long-term, this costs us in many ways.
So, I agree with what you've suggested...systems & plans are very important to daily living, both personally & professionally. The problem arises when significance is attached to the disruption of those plans. That's when it is important to balance the nervous system so that recovery is quick.
For more on this, I've posted 2 articles in Professional Development.