Being stressed out is usually related to something completely negative. And obviously, being stressed all the time is not ideal. Lately, I’ve been trying to use my stress as a driver rather than an immense feeling holding me back from accomplishing my goals or daily tasks. So far, it’s going OK. There are certainly hurdles to over come, but trying to see your stress as a positive is a lot nicer than deciding you’re too strung out to get your work done.
Here are some pros and cons of being stressed:
CON: When your boss gives you another crazy deadline, you feel like you want to cry
PRO: With this added urgency, you are forced to make realistic decisions what is on your plate. You delegate some items to another team member or your negotiate the deadline with your boss. Time restraints are a reality, and the work needs to get done, so there is a compromise
CON: Your to-do list is literally three pages long
PRO: You’ve made the list, now time to get to work. When you see everything in one place, it’s actually much more manageable than trying to remember everything floating around in your mind. It also avoids those horrible 3am, wake-up screaming moments when you’ve realized you’ve forgotten about 10 things due Friday
CON: You are so exhausted from work, all you can do is watch Netflix
PRO: This is your body’s way of telling you the batteries need a recharge. I have completely given myself permission to cancel plans if I am feeling too stressed out, even if the plans were with myself. Some nights, all you want to do is nap, drink tea, watch Orange is the New Black, and then get back in bed. You’ll feel better in the morning.
CON: You are messing up because you are trying to get everything done and missing the details
PRO: This is one of the best lessons I ever learned as a junior staffer, and I’ve relearned it many times. To be successful in your day-to-day job, you need to be honest about how long tasks take you. It will help you prep much better in the future, and your workload will seem much more manageable