All of us are face with working lives where we have multiple roles and duties. Some of us seem to be doing effortlessly well in our jobs while others struggle.
Why does this happen?
There are many aspects to dealing with work pressure successfully. According to research in job stress, the following tips can help you manage work pressure at a personal level.
We have limited work hours, and it is important to make a time-schedule for your duties. Not only is it important to have a deadline for the whole task, but it even helps to have a time boundary for the smaller steps of each task. Therefore, even if one step has taken more time than it should, you know then and there about the changes to be made.
Following from time management, it is important to know how to set goals, if they are to be allotted time boundaries. Goals should be systematic, attainable and time-bound. Very ambitious goals are unlikely to be achieved. After this, each step that would need to be accomplished before the next step has to be noted down.
Stress helps us to realize that a deadline is approaching. However, beyond that if stress or worry bothers us, they get in the way of our work. Physical exercise, breathing techniques, relaxation, yoga and a general healthy lifestyle helps to keep stress at bay.
Most of us need the help of our juniors, seniors and colleagues to get work done. Therefore, it is important to have good work relationships. Greet and smile people genuinely, and compliment them on their good work. Asserting yourself works better than aggression in times of disagreement.
A lot of talented employees do not make it to the top because their anger does not let them concentrate. It also spoils the relationships they have with bosses, juniors and colleagues and this gets in their way of climbing the ladder. Anger can be managed well by using de-escalation techniques. This involves thinking about the signs which tell you when you are getting angry. As your temper is rising, you have to do certain mental exercises like a complex calculation, counting backwards, deep breathing or some other pranayama methods. De-escalation means to stop the anger mid-way before it escalates.
Lastly, a highly valued employee is one who is vibrant and fresh when coming to work each day. You are more likely to generate ideas and do high quality work, if you are fresh each morning at work. This is not possible if you are in the habit of carrying work back home. The reason being, that unless you take a break, a bunch of your brain cells are continuously doing the same work, and they get too tired to function when it actually matters.
This is the same principle why mugging up last minute before the exam does not help increase your scores. Therefore, interacting with family and friends, doing things you like and getting good sleep is also important to handle work pressure.