Here’s a fun fact, People are different!
People interpret pressure from unique perspectives. Some people view pressure as a threat while others view it as an opportunity to thrive. Innately, we all handle life’s curve-balls differently. However, with a bit of practice and a few helpful hints from MAU, you can develop your skills to work well under pressure.
Something You Should Know:
Experiencing pressure in the workplace is normal; how you handle that pressure is what can set you apart. It can also be the deciding factor to whether or not you successfully meet your deadlines, manage stress, or produce quality work.
Something You Can Do About It:
1. Ask yourself what needs to be done right now!
Forget about the deadline for a moment and prioritize your work. Ask yourself what needs to be done first and tackle that problem. Weisinger and Pawliw-Fry, authors of the book, "Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most," remind us to focus on the task, not the outcome. When you solely focus the task at hand, it is easier to see the concrete steps necessary to excel versus succumbing to the pressure that the outcome may cause you to feel.
2. Ask for help if you need it!
That old saying that Teamwork makes the dream work still holds true. If you feel yourself being overwhelmed with a task don’t be afraid to ask for help. Weisinger and Pawliw-Fry also state that you can reduce the anxiety one may feel from pressure if you share how you’re feeling with someone else. Sharing the work and sharing your feelings can help you manage the pressure like a pro!
3. Divide your tasks into manageable pieces!
When you’re working on a project that is multi-layered, minimize the pressure of completing the entire project by dividing your work into workable pieces and conquering it! It’s time to get SMART
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