Everyone has to deal with pressure, both in their personal and professional lives. In the workplace, this pressure often manifests itself in the form of tight deadlines, demands from your boss, employee performance issues, and other obstacles that get in the way of doing your job.
1. Start predicting and planning for crunch times
You know yourself and your business. To work better under pressure, take at least 10 minutes to identify crunch times. Crunch time consists of an intense, overwhelming period of work. Consider what you can outsource in advance.
2. Create a prioritization strategy
Asses each task on your list and determine whether that task is essential to you. Will it relive pressure or bright space in your day? If it won’t, ask whether you can delegate that task to someone else, or if that task can be eliminated or postponed. Permit yourself to say no to incoming functions that do not meet your prioritization criteria so you can say yes to better things.
3. Step back for the future and focus on the present
One way to be better under pressure is to pull back, slow down and stop thinking about the future deadline or work that need to be done. Make a quick list of the three things you need to do next towards the period and do them. Courage is about taking the next hard step. It is about being present and moving forward in the race fear and uncertainty.
4. Break your task down
Any project or task can seem overwhelming when looked at as a whole. It is critical to breaking it down into milestones or steps that can be easily attained. When you look at the individual levels, you can more readily meet the goals, and you will feel more sense of accomplishment.
5. Stop procrastinating
Pressure almost always comes because you failed to prioritize and act. You likely delayed, and now you are paying. Procrastination is simply a habit and can be broken. All you have to do is, first ask yourself what are you resisting? Then see if you can give up your resistance and act. Interrupting the procrastination habit frequently will lead to a new and more pleasing habit of making things done.
Stress is unavoidable it is essential to learn how to channel and deal with it in a healthy, productive way - in doing so, you will not only survive tough situations but thrive in spite of them.