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5 tips you can call on when you're working under pressure
Everyone runs into pressure situations from time to time, no matter if you work for yourself or a boss, and some people crack while most actually get through the process and succeed. I can tell you that you'll run into a lot of situations that put you under pressure solely due to the fact you have a limited time frame to get the job done. You don't usually see a pressure situation due to the problem of not knowing how to do something, it's almost always time restraints, but you don't have to feel like you're under pressure if you understand these 5 tips I'm going to go over.
If you're under pressure to do your next SEO campaign or finish a website design in 2 weeks when you know it should have taken 4, please refer to the bottom 5 tips and know you can do the work
Humans do work well under pressure
We actually do well under pressure because we get super focused due to the fact we know we have to get this done in a certain amount of time or we're either in trouble or we're going to lose a sale. We don't want either of those so we bust our butts and get the jobs done, right?
If you crack under pressure, it's likely because you gave up when the going got tough, and you just need to try when there is a little bit of pressure and you'd be surprised how often you get the job done better than if you were to do it with no time frames
Evaluate everything before you start
When you're pressured to do something, you get critical on every little step you're supposed to take, and you're evaluating everything that needs to be done. If you can break down everything you need to do, you will know what needs to be done and when to do it.
You should be evaluating everything before you start to feel the pressure. If you can do this, you won't usually hit crunch time and have to do the majority of the work in a few days when you had a few weeks to finish it.
Know what needs to happen if things change
You need to understand that you might run into problems, which means you will have to invest more time into the work than anticipated, and this is a different type of pressure. You're not constrained by time, but you might have just broken an entire website scripting, and now you need to fix it before everyone starts calling you.
You need to know what steps to take in a situation like this before it ever happens, and you won't panic when it does actually happen. You will always run into a problem here and there because something broke, but you know what to do in order to fix it before it happens, so you won't feel the same pressure as before when you weren't ready for this situation
Always ask questions if you aren't sure
If you aren't sure how to do something, when the deadlines are, what to do, etc. then ask questions and be sure you know what's going on. When I worked as a bartender and would help out with banquets, I would always ask questions like "When does the room need to be ready by?" or "How many tables need to go in Room A, Room B, and Room C?" and in time the whole process changed because the managers would have everything written out and planned for us.
Avoid pressure situations by simply asking questions in the beginning and now worrying about it later on when the clock is running down. This happens a lot when it comes to web design because someone will forget to ask a few questions, then the client will be unresponsive for a week, and you can't continue on something without their response. This could have just been resolved if you asked in the beginning
How you deal with work is how you deal with life
If you feel pressured at work, you're going to feel pressured through your daily life, because it happens with everyone. I know how this feels because I pressure myself to write 10 articles a day for my websites, and that means I need to do 70 a week in total, but my goals are to write 30 a week. I pressure myself so I easily hit my goals and overachieve, but if I don't hit my unrealistic goals of 70 then I hit my normal one of 30 and I'm still satisfied.
If you can stay satisfied with your work, you will be happy in life, and that's what we really need to be successful because we won't feel pressured
Pressure situations will come and go, but they will never be gone forever, and that's why you need to know what to do and when to do it when something arises that needs detailed attention for the day or week. You need to know what to do when something breaks, a client is unresponsive, you need to ask questions, and you need to hit your goals weekly so you feel a sense of achievement and not feel pressure in your day to day life
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