Stress in the workplace affects more than a-third (39%) of Britons currently.
Staying focused and on task in a high-demanding role may seem like a fairly impossible task, particularly in a fast-paced environment, with the constant pressure of sales targets.
Ultimately though it’s down to you when it comes to how productive and efficient you can be. You have to instill your own processes and methodical ways of working to get the most out of your role.
That being said, here are a few little tidbits on how to master your job, stay in control and maintain a positive attitude in a stressful high-pressure environment.
When it comes to the office environment you want to attempt to maintain a positive mental state when approaching tasks and projects. It’s all too easy for a bit of negative feedback or something going wrong to knock us off stride and keep us down for the remainder of the week.
Do you ever notice how much of what you say has negative connotations? Some people constantly complain about the weather, their work, their spouse, their neighbours and all manner of things- we’re all guilty of it time to time. However, it’s good to remind ourselves that our words are shaped by our thoughts, and the more we can look for positive things to say, the more positive our thoughts will become.
Make it your mission to commit to positive thinking. So, each day when you wake up give yourself a mini pep talk – what do you want to achieve? How will you react to trying situations? How will you avoid negative thoughts? Remember, thinking positive is a habit, which means it’s possible to learn how to do it.
Make a meaningful contribution
Having a meaningful purpose for coming into work is essential for your perspective and own development, what are you doing? Why are you here? If you can’t answer these questions you’re in the wrong job.
When it comes to making a meaningful contribution, make sure you have structure and are not just being a ‘busy idiot’ in the office. List your daily tasks, always record actions via a day book or other system. Organisation will help you work through a week and come the end of the day, there’s nothing like the feeling of completing all your agreed action points for a day. Remember, big projects, don’t have to be a big tick box, break these down into smaller manageable tasks and proceed this way.
One of the most important rules in life, work, whatever it may be is; don’t go through life expecting things to change. Life becomes hard and unfair when we decide to complain about things rather than trying to change them ourselves. Wake up to the truth that life is not a practice-run and is always on!
Be brave and authoritative, make decisions that benefit your growth. Always remember that ‘time waits for no man’ and you’re wasting valuable time by thinking over and over again about your next move, instead of going out and doing something about it. Take the first step before more time gradually passes by while you stand still stagnating. Your choice. Your life. Your responsibility. Your power. You’re in control!