How To Work Well Under Pressure?
Both in their personal and professional life, everyone is under pressure. Tight deadlines, expectations from your supervisor, staff performance concerns, and other hurdles that come in the way of you executing your job are common examples of workplace pressure.
Because stress is inescapable, it’s critical to learn how to manage and channel it in a healthy and productive manner. You’ll not just survive but grow in difficult conditions if you do so.
Excessive stress or pressure on your team members may cause them to become unproductive or damage the quality of their work. Worse, they may become demotivated, and the stress-induced sensations of fear and panic may slow them down even more.
It is your responsibility as a manager to ensure that all of your team members are able to manage their stress and improve their personal resilience.
Ways to Perform Well Under Pressure-
1.Start Anticipating and Preparing for Crunch Times-
- We know our work or business very well, so we should be prepared in advance for the emergency situations or the deadlines.
- Though there is a pressure of meeting deadlines, it can be taken in a positive way. As pressure can reveal your hidden potential.
- Think about what you can outsource in advance of your crunch time with a colleague or team and execute it.
2.Prioritize your tasks-
Examine each task on your to-do list. Is this a critical assignment for you? Will it help you relax or free up time in your day? Is it beneficial to you or your business? Whether not, see if you can transfer the work to someone else, or if it can be postponed or deleted entirely. Allow yourself to say no to incoming projects that don’t satisfy your priority criteria so that you may say yes to more important chores. In our Soft-skills course, we also focus on how you can manage your time effectively and prioritize your tasks and avoid procrastination.
3.Focus on Present instead of Future-
Pull back, calm down, and stop worrying about the upcoming deadline or task that has to be done to be more effective under pressure. Make a brief list of the three things you need to accomplish ahead as you get closer to the deadline, and check them off as you go. In the face of fear and uncertainty, courage is about taking the next difficult step; it’s about being present and going ahead.
4.Breakdown your tasks-
When seen as a whole, any job or task might appear overwhelming. Things are necessary to break it down into easily achievable goals or tasks. You may more easily attain goals and get a feeling of satisfaction when you look at these individual steps. Seeing yourself finish the assignment inspires self – confidence to develop a framework for yourself.
5.Consider what has to be done right now-
When you ask yourself what needs to be done now, you understand where to start from. And a well begun is half done. Roll up your sleeves and focus on the most important tasks when the stakes are high. Get outside help whenever it’s necessary.
The majority of times, pressure arises as a result of a failure to priorities and act. You probably put off doing anything and now you’re paying for it. Procrastination is nothing more than a bad habit that may be overcome. To begin, determine what you are rejecting. Then check if you can simply act without resisting. Interrupting the procrastination behavior on a regular basis will lead to a new and more empowered execution habit.
7.Purposeful Slacking is a contrary action-
When we’re under stress, our initial instinct is to work harder and push through. However, doing what puts you into the mess will not get you out of it. Create a daily practice of “purposeful slacking,” in which you push away from your job for 15 minutes or longer. Allow yourself mental and emotional freedom through walking, stretching, breathing, meditating, and being still.
8.Change Your Attitude Towards Pressure-
Coping with the perception of pressure is the most difficult aspect of working under stress. We worry a lot about imaginary disasters that never arise, which makes us helpless. Instead of looking at the work as a whole, concentrate on one component at a time. You’ll be OK if you write a list of each step and take a “paint-by-numbers” approach.
9.Try the Eisenhower Decision Matrix-
Begin by identifying which of the multiple, conflicting, high-priority projects require immediate attention and getting clarity on the timeframes for each. Then, to prioritize each, apply The Eisenhower Model, which consists of four simple steps: (1) urgent and important; (2) important but not urgent; (3) important but not urgent; (4) neither urgent nor important. Prioritize the most critical and urgent tasks. Tasks that aren’t urgent and have no priority are dropped from the list. It’s an excellent technique to relieve stress.
10.Make it an enjoyable challenge for yourself-
When people see high-pressure situations as a danger, they get overwhelmed and postpone. It leads to a lack of self-assurance, poor judgement, and, as a result, fear of failure. You can relax, establish a step-by-step strategy, and take control when you approach it as a pleasant activity. Allow yourself to be inspired by the new possibility, and utilize creative thinking to keep your attention on the work at hand.
11.Examine Previous Pressure Points And Recognize Patterns-
We can’t get back time, but we can control it so that it doesn’t manage us. Take charge by examining previous pressure points, identifying patterns and lessons gained, and developing a preventative strategy to avoid repetition and reduce unexpected risk factors. To minimize your efforts and reduce stress, use the “huge rocks” approach.
12.Turn pressure into an opportunity to learn and grow-
The more you are pushed against a wall, the better you get at fighting back. It’s a common human trait! The more you fight back, the more energy you have. Your horizons extend and your vision shifts substantially as a result of this. Working under pressure appears to be a temptation too strong to refuse.
13.Differ both internal and external pressure-
When you’re under pressure, you’re more likely to get things done. Examine the indications you receive from peers, bosses, and friends that the pressure is increasing. You may not be able to change the circumstances, but you can surely control your reaction. Rather than feeling agitated, go within to ensure that what you are being asked to perform under duress is indeed necessary and that you are making a difference.
14.Start Practicing Mindfulness-
Adopting mindfulness practices can help you stay calm while you’re under distress. This technique increases flexibility, adaptability, creativity, focus and calmness. You may download a variety of applications; one that I recommend to my customers is Headspace. You just need ten minutes a day to train yourself to be calm and focused, especially when confronted with trials and hardship.
15.Re-evaluate your motivation for completing the task-
Understanding the objective of the task at hand is the best approach to ensure that you get the most out of your energy when working under duress. For example, if you’re developing your business and the expectations of a customer are getting too much, remember that you’re creating a legacy, not a company. Your fight or flight response will kick in, and you’ll be able to do the work faster.
16.Be Prepared For Anything-
“The tasks we perform at the last minute brings out the best in us!” I once overheard someone say. As a result, avoiding procrastination is an important part of learning to perform better under pressure. Simultaneously, we must maintain a sense of anticipation. Learn to expect the unexpected to improve mental preparedness for activities. We can build the ability to handle, manage, and control pressure in the same way that a tea kettle can!
17.Have a Restful Night’s Sleep-
Ariana Huffington suggests in her book The Sleep Revolution that having enough good sleep is essential for dealing with our fast-paced, time-crunched lifestyles. Improved memory, enhanced stamina, increased concentration, sharper attention, and less stress are just a few of the health advantages of getting enough sleep. Try a 30-night healthy sleep challenge to get these advantages.
18.Create And Maintain A Routine-
The “routine” of things has divine objectivity. Runners who prepare for marathons and practise on a regular basis are the most likely to complete the race. Routine inspires persistent character and helps you to focus on the scope of each activity on a regular basis. Adopt a “Success Schedule” to help you prepare to deal with any unexpected opportunities that may arise.
As a manager, it is your responsibility to create a healthy, happy work environment for your employees. If you assist your staff in managing their workload without extra stress or pressure, they will be more likely to accomplish their performance targets.
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