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 you doing your job.
Since stress is unavoidable, it’s important to learn how to channel and deal with it in a healthy, productive way. In doing so, you’ll not only survive tough situations, but thrive in spite of them.
- Use pressure as an opportunity to grow
The more you find yourself being pushed to the wall, the better you become at pushing back. It’s a natural human tendency! The more you push back, the more your energy expands. When that happens, your horizons broaden and your perception changes dramatically. Working under pressure seems like a challenge too tempting to resist. – Anjali Chugh, Cosmique Global Inc
- Rediscover your purpose for completing the task
When working under pressure, the best way to ensure the greatest output of your energy is to understand the purpose of the task at hand. For instance, if you are growing your business and the pressure of a client’s demands are becoming overbearing, remember that you are building a legacy, not a business. Your fight or flight instincts will kick in, and you will complete the task more efficiently. – Jeff Shuford, Tech From Vets
- Develop a routine and stick to it
There is divine objectivity in the “routine” of things. Runners who train for marathons and diligently adhere to daily practice are most likely to cross the finish line. Routine builds lasting character and allows you to hone in on every project’s scope with clarity on a daily basis. Adopt a “Success Schedule” – it will prepare you to cleverly tackle any hidden possibilities that may come your way. – Rachel Lourdes Mestre, Rachel Mestre LLC
- Breakdown your tasks
Any project or task can seem overwhelming when looked at as a whole. It’s critical to break it down into milestones or steps that can be easily attained. When you look at these individual steps, you can more readily meet goals and feel a sense of accomplishment. Seeing yourself completing the project also builds confidence in giving yourself a system to use. – Laura DeCarlo, Career Directors International
- Stop overthinking the pressure
The hardest part of working under pressure is coping with the perception of pressure. More often than not, we worry about some imaginary catastrophe that never happens, and that tends to render us powerless. Focus on one aspect of the task at a time, instead of looking at it in its totality. If you make a list of every step and use a “paint-by-numbers” approach, you’ll be fine. – Dave Anderson, The Business Bully Show
- Start predicting and planning for intense times
You know you – and your business. To work better under pressure, take 10 minutes to identify “crunch times.” Crunch times consist of an intense, overwhelming period of work. Consider what you can outsource in advance of your crunch time with a VA, contractor, colleague or team, and then execute it. Expect some A/B testing before this runs well and helps move you forward. – Caroline Stokes, FORWARD Human Capital Solutions