There was a nagging ache that was slowly becoming an irritant right around the top of my shoulders and down my right arm. Initially I ignored it until I began to squirm in my office chair as I was working and reviewing the hundreds of e-mails I receive daily.
When Stress Becomes a Problem
What I failed to realize was…this was a pattern and it was linked to the foreboding that I felt when I had to work through certain necessary office tasks before I could get to the meat of prioritized tasks that were pressing in due to deadlines. Basically, I was dealing with stress in a very unhealthy way, I was ignoring it and plowing forward anyway. Here’s the problem, stress doesn’t go away, it only intensifies as the impending situation, deadline or challenge becomes closer. The person under the stress has to change his or her reaction to the stress in order to cope and ultimately experience a successful outcome.
How to Deal With Deadlines
Let me share a few ways to cope with deadlines and more importantly the stress the deadlines may bring into your life!
1. Determine if the deadline can be adjusted, or re-calibrated to still meet the goals, but allow the individuals working on the project a clear path to completion without being overcome with stress.
2. Determine if more help is necessary and if that help exists, can it be found within the team. This part is often overlooked in organizations that cultivate “silos” or individuals that only work alone. The greatest moments of stress come when self-imposed angst and worry begin to creep into a situation. Share it and give some of that worry away in the form of delegation when appropriate.
3. Finally, keep the situation in perspective. In most contexts, the deadline that is pressing in is manageable and can be achieved, but when self-imposed worry and stress are added into the mix, it changes everything.
Your Well-Being & Stress
Here is a crucial point to remember, no matter what the deadline is related to, nothing is more important than maintaining your health and overall well-being as you carry out the calling on your life. Stress is a slow but deadly adversary that leads to many debilitating physical ailments, many of which will not allow you to meet “future” deadlines either!
Point of Clarity Quote:
“Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”
– Benjamin Franklin