More and more often you find job offers were one of the requirements is "working under pressure". In some roles, this is a required skill because it is a stressful job, such as an air traffic controller or being an ER nurse. But in many cases, it just means working longer hours!
Pressure, speed, competitiveness, performance... all these words that are liked to today's working environment. It's not uncommon to come across job offers where the most important requirement is...to resist.
If you're in a job where it's not only important to resist the pressure but also to stay calm during busy times, these tips will help you.
1. Get Ahead of the Curve
If you've been in the same job for a while, you'll know when a wave of tasks is coming. There are positions where hard work comes at a certain time of year.
2. Set priorities
You have to have priorities to order your actions. You should take a moment to think about and establish which issues are most urgent, which issues are most important, and organize your work accordingly.
3. Learn to focus
It's easy to get distracted, but if you're doing something under pressure it's important to focus on the task at hand. Keep distractions away, including social networks.
Put your phone away, close that extra windows on the laptop, and listen to music. It will help sharpen your mind.
4. Focus on the here and now
If you are asked for an urgent task, do not think about what could go wrong or that you will not know how to do it. That's thinking about the future.
Concentrate on what you are doing and on solving the problems that the task poses.
5. Take time to relax
The best way to respond to stress is not to get stressed out. Walk and stretch your legs.
Drink a glass of water. It's about oxygenating your mind. When you walk away for a moment sometimes you manage to solve things because you clear your mind.