Standing in front of this fellow is what I call pressure. He’s a creator or worries.
Some people work better under pressure
I’ve found that I enjoy working in a challenging environment, or on the edge of chaos. I find being under pressure of a deadline, is when I do some of my most creative work. I find it exhilarating to be in a dynamic fast paced environment that is invigorating.
Stress is very important to me. With stress, I do the best possible job. The appropriate way to deal with stress is to make sure you have the correct balance between good stress and bad stress. You need good stress to stay motivated and productive. Often people can work well under pressure if they have a real interest in what is involved.
Prioritising your responsibilities in order to have a clear idea of what needs to be done and when will help you to be more effective in managing under pressure. Waiting until the last minute to tackle an important project doesn’t always mean you’re a procrastinator, it could simply mean that your mind works better under pressure. Working well under pressure is a good trait to have.
Working under pressure usually means working to a deadline. It can also mean working in an environment that is very busy, for example serving a very busy crowd in a restaurant.
Establish just what causes you excessive pressure and worries
- Deadlines are perhaps the cause of most pressure.
- Doing tasks you don’t like. Not working on your passion and strengths.
- Incongruent values. It’s really hard to work with personalities you don’t like.
- No direction or vision for the future, you can’t see the end results.
- People conflicts caused by unhelpful and unfriendly people you don’t trust.
- Not enough working capital hindering decision making and purchasing.
- Knowing if something will work because of lack of knowledge or understanding.
- Inappropriate time frames caused by biting off more than you can chew.
- Expectations set too high or too low.
- Lack of entrepreneurial attributes.
- Waiting for others, wasting time and becoming impatient with unreliable people.
- Dependency on others, waiting for them to do their part of a project.
- Being micro-managed, or a person paying extreme attention to small details.
- No plan to follow, wrong objectives lead to wrong strategies and actions.
“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness”. Edward Stanley
- Poor business model, you can see a breakdown in the model but can’t change it.
- Leading new technology and communications and new things generally.
- The pressure of making mistakes, too much worry and frustration.
- Inadequate instructions are given causing tasks to be repeated.
- Family pressures causing too much distraction (moving, death, sickness).
- Poor feedback as the project progresses, no appreciation or recognition.
- Complexity equals pressure, modify if you can, or start again.
- Limits to a person’s growth or advancement potential.
- Lack of self-confidence, in general, or in a particular project.
- The environment – noise, heights, heat, cold, chemicals and danger generally.
- No support, insufficient skills, staff or advisors and facilitators.
Some of the best ways to get through under pressure
- Deadlines are important but must be realistic, otherwise, the worries start.
- Do what you do best and delegate and outsource the rest.
- Always remain calm, try to ignore any conflicts and remember your training.
- Stick to what you know and the procedures that have been developed.
- Utilise technology, tools and processes to help you work more effectively and in less time.
- If the people you are managing are contributing to your stress level, discuss options for better handling difficult situations with them, or find someone else to work with.
- Planning ahead can make a huge difference with a big upcoming project or an important deadline that needs to be met.
- Don’t try to complete a big project on your own. Even if you don’t have a team to work with, you can delegate small tasks that will make it easier for you to complete the project on time.
- Break a big job down into smaller tasks and schedule time to complete each one. Stick to your schedule and the final deadline should be more easily.
- Ensure that the tasks are not too big or too small for the person concerned. People need to have a high level of belief in what they are trying to do. Repetition and boredom are to be avoided.
- Sleep, diet and exercise are all important factors in managing pressure.
- Put fun into a business and the pressure and worries will be dissipated.
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The simple warning is that if you don’t address the need for relief of pressure, then you can look forward to increasing health and well-being problems.
Relieve pressure by having the right technology, equipment and tools to do the job well, while investing in innovation
If there is no action then relief from pressure will be difficult. Accepting pressure can become an unhealthy habit.