012: How To Handle Pressure At Work – Todd Stocker.com

Pressure gauge

Sometimes, work can be stressful as you feel the pressure of deadlines and overwhelming expectations. Here are a few tips that can help take the edge off of pressure at work.

Show Notes:

A listener asks, “I’m in a very high stressed job and constantly feel the pressure to do more and be more. With deadlines constantly looming, how can keep my sanity in my stressful position?”

I know exactly what he’s talking about. All of us feel the pressure of our jobs at one point or another. You need to remember,

Pressure doesn’t define you; it refines you.

But you have to make the choice to respond.
Episode 004 has a formula that outlines the power of choosing our response: E+R=O:

E= events
R= response
O= outcome

They key is how you are responding to the events.  Your response often determines the outcome.

It’s okay to be busy. Being busy means that theres is plenty to do.  But being hurried is what causes the stress.  Even Jesus was busy but he still had time to stop, connect and help people along the way.

Here are a few pointers on handling stress:

  • Track your stressors. Keep a journal for a week or two to identify which situations create the most stress and how you respond to them. …
  • Develop healthy responses. …
  • Establish boundaries. …
  • Take time to recharge. …
  • Learn how to relax. …
  • Talk to your supervisor. …
  • Get some support.

It is also important to prepare for you day.

Preparation is the pressure valve on a busy schedule [Tweet that here].

Plan your day. At the beginning of the week, either Sunday night or first thing Monday, look at your week and make sure you’re not over committing or scheduling meetings or events too close together.

If you’re still becoming more and more stressed you might need to evaluate if you’re in the right position to begin with.  If you’re cranky, taking it out on family over a long period of time, it may be time to move on.


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