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April 25, 2016

How to Cool Down When Things Heat Up

You know what it feels like when there’s too much to do and not enough time to get it all done, or when you have six different people pulling you in six different directions. Sometimes, you have both happening at once!Stress

Pressure builds. You reach the boiling point…but boiling over at work is bad for your reputation, your career, and your workplace relationships. When you feel yourself pulled in every direction but the direction you need to go in, take a deep breath, step back, and try one of these tips.

  • Take a break. You need to get away from the ringing phone, the looming deadlines, and the demanding people. It’s time for a time out. Leave your cubicle or office and go outside for some fresh air. Take a few deep breaths, walk around slowly, and shake off the tension and stress. Even if you only take 15 minutes, you will come back clear-headed, cooler, and calmer.
  • Make a list. It can be helpful to create a list of everything that’s being demanded of you and by whom. When you finish your list, go back over it and cross out anything that is not a high priority. Take the highest priority items and focus on what you can reasonably accomplish.
  • Clear your desk. Clutter, even just a few stacks of paper, can add to feelings of pressure. Give yourself some time to get rid of anything on your desk or computer desktop that isn’t required for your top priorities. Just file it away or put it aside, so you don’t have to look at it. Set an intention to clear the clutter completely during the last 15 minutes of each day.

A certain amount of pressure can be motivating; too much can harm you mentally and physically. It can also make you less positively productive. If you need more tips for escaping the pressure cooker, check out my blog posts Supporting Multiple Managers and Stress Busters

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