WORKING WELL UNDER PRESSURE

Can you handle the stress that accompanies deadlines and crises? Will you be able to do your best work and come through in a pinch?

We’ve all heard the term “going postal,” but in reality it is no joking matter.  Violence in the workplace is real and increasing, caused by an inability to effectively manage stress, pressure, deadlines and crises at work. 

Read this article[1] that shares some stories of workplace stress and how they were or weren’t handled well.  How would you have handled things differently?

Sure, we've all felt like tossing the computer out the window or smashing the copy machine or slapping the annoying co-worker. But how many people do you know who've actually gone there? Relieve some stress by watching a few classic office ragers taking their aggression out on their workplaces and coworkers in these videos[2].

Truly, the best way to work well under pressure is using many of the tips already shared on this web site: time management, effective communication, problem solving skills, staying positive, etc.  The top five steps to handling pressure without ever letting them see you sweat include:

  1. Organize.  Make a list of all the tasks you need to do to avoid forgetting anything. Determine the best way to accomplish each task and write this down. Making a guide will help you concentrate more on the things you have to finish. Rank each task according to importance. You can either do the least important tasks first or do them last.
     
  2. Set Goals.  With all your tasks listed, Have a main goal and create sub goals for each assignment. It’ll be easier for you to work if you’re just concentrating on small goals. This way, you don’t get overwhelmed with the big things. As you work on your mini goals, you eventually get to complete your main goals. Dividing your work load into small tasks will take the pressure off you by diverting your attention from big tasks to your sub goals.
     
  3. Manage Your Time.  Having a time schedule will ensure that you don’t waste time on unnecessary things. This will also help you meet your deadlines on time. Make sure to allot ample amount of time for each assignment. Determine how long you should complete each task. Try to work within the time limit you set. Don’t forget to give time for breaks and relaxation.
     
  4. Complete Tasks.  Don’t be overwhelmed by your work load. Try to finish one task first before starting on the next one. Starting on different tasks without getting anything done will only make you miss deadlines. This is why planning is very important. When you have a list of things to do, you’ll be able to focus more on important things.
     
  5. Relax.  Getting stressed out will only make you panic more. Don’t push yourself to finish your work if you’re too tired. Give yourself time to rest. Deep breathing exercises are effective in releasing tension in your body. This also clears your mind so you can think and concentrate better. When you’re on break, don’t eat fast. Meal times are good times to rest and relax your mind. When you get back to work, you’ll feel refreshed and be ready to continue your tasks.[3]


[1] "Desk Rage: Completely Losing It at Work - Careers Articles." Jobs, Careers, and Job Listings - AOL Jobs. < http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2010/11/12/desk-rage-completely-losing-it-a... >.

[2] "Extreme Stress Caught on Video." AOL Jobs.  < http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2009/06/12/extreme-office-stress-caught-on-... >.

[3] "How to Work Well Under Pressure - Monsterguide.net." Monsterguide.net. < http://monsterguide.net/how-to-work-well-under-pressure >.