Some people work great under pressure; it’s just a part of their personality and who they are. They’re natural procrastinators, and they don’t mind. Now, the majority of the population cracks when they’re under pressure and experiencing a work “crisis.” The page numbers in the presentation at work are numbered wrong, you need to do more proofreading on something due in one minute, the printer jams just when you need to print 200 pages. Whatever your issue is, there is a way to approach it that doesn’t have you overwhelmed with anxiety because truthfully, they aren’t issues at all.
Procrastination is something that everyone does from time to time, but if you don’t work well under pressure and you’re just lazy, it might have an adverse effect. Running around like a chicken with your head cut off the day of an event to get things put together isn’t an attractive trait to your colleagues or clients. Consider how much work you might have completed if you prepared everything in advance.
How to Stop
Organize and be intentional with your time. If you need to, block out spaces on your calendar that are solely devoted to preparation. It’s also a great idea to set your own deadline before the actual one, that way you have time to correct last-minute work if anything comes up.
You’re Taking on Too Much
Many people use the saying “I don’t have the time,” to get out of things, but it not always true. They do have the time; it’s just not being used wisely. In the cases where it is true, it’s usually because you’ve put too much on your plate and now can’t finish it all.
Regardless of what you have to do, there should always be time for chats with colleagues, brainstorming, and even going to the washroom. It’s understandable that you have jam-packed days once in a while, but it’s time for a change if all days are like that.
How to Stop
Prioritize what’s being asked of you and learn to directly say no to the tasks that aren’t relevant, aligned, or essential to your goals. When you feel overwhelmed, ask your manager if there’s something that can wait and be honest with them about how you are feeling.
You’re Rushing into the Day
You like your sleep as much as the next person, so every morning you roll out of bed at the last possible minute and throw on the first pair of clothes you see. You then gurgle some mouthwash and stumble out the door. Regardless of if you’re rushing, you’re still getting to the office, so it’s no big deal.
Contrary to popular belief, it is a big deal, and it plays a significant role in how your day starts. If you rush into the office every day, you’re setting yourself up for a stress-filled day. Ask yourself if running around in the morning is the reason why you always feel like you’re running around all day.
How to Stop
The hard truth is that if you’re consistently in a state of anxiety and aren’t sleeping enough; you need to wake up earlier and go to bed at an hour that enables you to get seven to nine hours of sleep. Missing the week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy is going to be worth it when you feel refreshed, and you can always record it. It’s best to start by waking up 20 minutes earlier, then 30 minutes earlier, and move upwards in small increments. You are going to be shocked at the change it can make in your life.
Not only are you not going to produce your best work if you’re always in panic mode, but it’s also not good for your health. As a tip, if you’ve already tackled your workplace bad habits and nothing is giving you relief, it might be time to consider the possibility that the job itself is giving you anxiety. Before you jump right out and use your position as a scapegoat, make sure you pinpoint what’s causing you to feel so stressed and see how you can fix it.