The end of the year, Dec. 31, translates for many of us not only as a party night but also as a deadline. End-of-year business needs to be complete, and with deadlines comes stress. Stress is not good for your health; in fact it can weaken your immune system. With that in mind, it is definitely worthwhile to figure out ways to deal with and manage the stress that builds up around deadlines. Here are a few pointers from Shape magazine about how to rethink your relationship with deadlines.
- Learn How to Focus: Train your brain to filter out irrelevant information. Don't answer your phone when working on a project and designate a few times a day to answer your email.
- Be Realistic: When you're under stress your brain loses its ability to work capably. If you have many projects on your plate, ask your manager to help you determine each one's urgency.
- Reward Yourself: If your report is due by 5 p.m., you're more likely to finish on time if you plan to take a yoga class at 6 p.m. You are far more efficient if you are going to do something you enjoy later on. When you are driven by anticipation instead of fear of a missed target.
If you have a great technique for dealing with deadlines and the stress that often accompanies them, please share it in the comments section below.