Not many are devoid of the stress related to the Professional or Business Deadlines.
Be it a high profile Executive in a Multinational Conglomerate or an Operation Manager at a small organization, or a Business Owner multitasking on the daily basis, the pressure of getting things done in a strict timeline and with accuracy is a normal expectation.
Since we are currently operating in the era of high tech systems and gadgets, human’s are perceived to be responding and making things happen faster than ever before. This has certainly added a lot of anxiety and stress in our lives.
Over a period of time, the pressure of DEADLINES has risen up. The question is how to manage the anxiousness and anticipations that comes along with ‘Deadline Pressure’ of achieving the target or delivering the project or anything involving your business specifically.
In a study done by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (https://adaa.org/workplace-stress-anxiety-disorders-survey) The main culprits of work-related stress:
- Deadlines (55 percent)
- Interpersonal Relationships (53 percent)
- Staff Management (50 percent)
- Dealing with issues/problems that arise (49 percent)
The top on the list is Deadline Pressure. It’s clearly impacting our mental health, physical well-being and also our relationships.
Let me share these 3 Key Strategies which can reduce your Work Stress and Deadline Anxiety and can help you feeling stress-free and empowered.
1. Start to Work Backward from your End Goal
The idea is to not get overwhelmed with a huge target or a deadline. Infact, break it down in smaller action items based on your required end result. When you have smaller little goals rather than a big fat task or a huge project, your mind will not be overwhelmed and can easily accomplish the task in hand with greater efficiency.
In an article printed by Workshifting Team, It mentioned about the importance of S.M.A.R.T Goal Setting which basically means create goals at the beginning that are S.M.A.R.T.- specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. ((http://www.workshifting.com/2012/03/how-to-overcome-the-anxiety-of-an-upcoming-deadline.html). Additionally, the article highlighted on maintaining the list of specific goals, their completion time and then be able to mark off each and every part of the project as you progress, knowing with certainty that you are going to finish on time.
2. Unwind Every Day
I can’t emphasize enough on the importance of Daily Unwinding which is most important habit for you to instill if you want a stress-free, mentally and physically healthy life. Unwinding detaches us from the pressures of your work life and it basically rejuvenates you, recharges your cognitive fuel, enhances your focus and increases your performance.
This all happens as you give your brain some rest from the recurring thoughts of pressure and deadlines to meet. Unwinding can be playing your favorite sports, hitting the gym, going for a walk, spending time with your family or anything that takes off your mind from usual work thoughts. If you ask me the true meaning of UNWINDING, then it really means being able to SILENT YOUR MIND and brings deeper relaxation to your whole body and mind.
Also, if you do activities that you really enjoy, your brain secretes dopamine and serotonin which are happy hormones which reduce anxiety and helps in making you feel more energetic and confident. The more focus, high energy and positive outlook you possess, the more it will reflect in your work performance and productivity
3. Practice Law of Attraction
World famous Life Coach, Tony Robbins has said: “ Success is 80 percent your psychology and 20 percent strategy”.
Along the lines of making your plan of action to reach your target or meeting your deadlines, you need to keep the positive mindset, since each and every thought contains underlying energy dissipated to the Universe.
If you are continuously worried about the timelines and freaking out about the stuff that needs to be completed, you will end up emitting negative energy to the Universe and that will come back to you in form of negative result or negative emotion such as anger, feeling sadness and anxiousness.
The more you are aware of your thoughts and try to look at every challenge as an opportunity to expand, to learn and to evolve, the better chances will be there to achieve your targets and deliver the projects on deadlines. It’s simply because what we desire comes to us only when we ask for it in a positive manner and then remain hopeful and positive along the way.
As per Wikipedia Law of attraction: “is the New Thought philosophy, the law of attraction is the belief that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life. The belief is based on the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from “pure energy”, and that through the process of “like energy attracts like energy” a person can improve their own health, wealth and personal relationships” Law of attraction is single big resource we all have access to implement, without any limitation.
The most important thing to not get overwhelmed with the pressures at your job is to look at it pragmatically, divide it not smaller chunks, set realistic goals, meditate and do breath work to release body and mind stress and imbibe positive beliefs. Hope this helps 🙂