DPSN Team Favourites: Feeling the Pressure (Philip)

DPSN is back online and we’re kicking off February with a few of our favourite blogs from 2017. This blog is Philip’s favourite – a blog piece Anna wrote on Feeling the Pressure late last year

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In an age where ‘harder, faster, more’ is the expected status in the workplace, it can be hard to say no, or simply slow down to a manageable pace.

I know that I am a people pleaser, and I have high standards too, so the idea that I might not do a task, say “no”, or slow down a little to preserve my energy and sanity, is not often on my radar.

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However, over the past months, my own body has forced this on me. I’ve become suddenly unwell, usually with a thumping headache, and unable to go to work. And more recently I have struggled to meet deadlines.

Some may say that I’m under a lot of pressure at work. I do agree, however, I think the most pressure is actually coming from my own high expectations.

So I have taken time to ask others how they manage pressure. Here are a few gems that really stood out for me.

Lisa’s story:

“I was running myself into the ground at work but I wasn’t unwell to the point I needed to take time off. My dear dad suggested I find a clipboard, practice my serious face and walk around looking busy. I tried it for a day and the difference it made to my well-being, my thought process and my general energy were so great that I continued the clipboard exercise for another two days until I felt I had the energy to continue at my usual pace.”

Diane’s story:

“I found work would often become really busy and I didn’t stop to even have lunch, never mind a pee. So I decided I needed to book my lunch time and be generous. Twice a week I booked at least an hour lunch break and went to a cafe in town and then took time out to look at shops too. It made such a difference that I felt my output during work hours increased significantly.”

John’s story:

“When my workload increased significantly with a role change I felt behind with all the added tasks and responsibilities, so I blocked out my days with the tasks I needed to do. I was always generous with my time, for example, a task that might usually take 1 hour I would allocate an additional 30 minutes to complete. This way I had allocated time and extra time to get things done. And it works.”

These stories of managing pressure and workload have really made me think that I can easily incorporate more of these practices into my days. Perhaps not the regular long lunches, despite how tempting they are.

Any other pressure-managing tips?

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