Most, if not all, employees at their place of work feel some type of pressure. Whether it is working under a deadline or residing in a culture of goals to meet, staying cool, calm and collected is vital to meeting job demands and completing satisfactory work. Are you looking for ways to improve your ability to work under pressure at work? Then check out our three helpful tips to get you started on the right path.
- Always Remain Calm
This is most likely an obvious answer to most, but for some, this is the first step they should be taking when they begin to feel overwhelmed. Maintaining a calm demeanor at work shows your colleagues that you can handle the pressure and complete tasks under difficult circumstances. Some examples of ways to go about doing this include:
- Taking a few minutes to go for a walk and clear your head.
- Getting some water from your kitchen area, or even
- Listening to music to maintain a level head.
Any of these things can help you keep your head on straight and get things done.
- Focus on the Present
Don’t stress about future tasks and deadlines that you need to complete, only focus on what you can control in the present. Slow down, take a deep breath and realize that you can only control what you’re working on at the moment. If you need to make a short checklist in order to stay on track to complete all your necessary work, then take the necessary steps to do so.
- Speak Your Mind
Talking out the pressure you feel with someone has its benefits, as it has been proven to reduce anxiety and stress.[i] In addition, your colleague or whoever you are speaking to might have a different perspective or thoughts on the matter that can make you feel more positive about the tasks at hand.
By having a civil and constructive conversation, and talking it out with someone, you’ll most likely realize that you aren’t the only one feeling the pressure. Psychologically, it’s best when people know that they are not the only one experiencing pressure.
All in all, be positive about the outcome from the pressure you feel at work. As Weisinger and Pawliw-Fry explain, “Belief in a successful outcome can prevent you from worry that can drain and distract your working memory. Anxiety and fear are stripped from the equation, allowing you to act with confidence.”[ii]
[i] Weisinger, Hendrie, and J. P. Pawliw-Fry. Performing under Pressure: the Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most. Crown Publishing, 2015.
[ii] Weisinger, Hendrie, and J. P. Pawliw-Fry. Performing under Pressure: the Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most. Crown Publishing, 2015.