Life, in general, has always been kind to me. I have nothing to really complain about. It is also the positivity in me that always finds a little bit of a silver lining in everything. Working hard, too, has never scared me. In all honesty, I’ve always attempted more things than I can manage and put in more efforts than I credit myself for. However, that definitely doesn’t discount the pressures of being a constant achiever. So, here’s a blog with 5 things I do to deliver better under pressure.
Let me start by saying that even if this blog has things to help deliver better under pressure, it also is about – the pressures of being a constant achiever.
The world we live in today is that of competition. There’s no news there. However, the competition becomes a ticking time bomb when you can’t turn off that mode at any time. Yes, hustle is real and truly inevitable if you want to realize your dreams but so is the stress and the need to be able to unwind from time to time. And it is when you can’t turn off that mode that you fail to strike a healthy balance between the two.
There could be many reasons for this. But truly, it is mostly when you’re genuinely scared to fail that you eat more than you can chew and push yourself further each time.
I know because I’m one of those people. Stressful, and even a little embarrassing as it may be, I would be lying if I’d say otherwise. I always take much more work than I can deliver. Not because I don’t know how to say no, not because I’m a victim of circumstances, but because I honestly want to do more with my life.
Does it take a toll on my health? Yes.
Does it drive me to insane levels of stress? Absolutely.
Do I regret not being able to ‘enjoy’ life and unwind as much as many of my peers?
Am I gonna stop soon? I don’t think so.
So, the past three months have made me realize at their best that I can’t deliver my best at anything with so much on my plate. Which is what has compelled me to try and create a process to strike a little balance if not fully control the situation. So, here’s the list of those 5 things I do to Deliver Better Under Pressure.
I know this sounds like a basic and the most generic advice ever but it really is to prioritize when you love all things you take up equally. So, I have a cool mechanism that management schools teach. Categorizing things into 3 segments: a) Important and Urgent, b) Unimportant but Urgent, c) Important but Not Urgent. This categorization simplifies the prioritization process and helps you gain efficiency.
2. Give a 100% or don’t attempt at all
This is something that shouldn’t only be a parameter but also a way to analyze your progress. Start by understanding that time will always be your biggest nemesis when you’re actually acting upon your thoughts, dreams, and visions. So, if you’re dividing your attention and not able to deliver your 100% on even one of those things, it is a waste of your time and effort.
I know a lot of ‘experts’ suggest to make a routine and stick to it. I tried that, too. But the mundaneness of a routine is lethal. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I do believe in routines. What I don’t recommend is bashing yourself over them so much that you lose the focus on the objectives themselves. Your priority list is also dynamic and ever-evolving, after all!
4. Listen to your body
When you’re not into something, psychologically or physically, that’s your body’s way of raising a red flag, too. Usually, this may sign towards a long-term deterrent or just plain ‘didn’t turn out as expected’. So, take notice of this may be and never ignore these physiological calls. How would you achieve anything without a healthy body and mind, anyway!
5. A Leap is a leap, even if it is to the exit window
Irrespective of how bad things you think are, to know that you can always pull out is a safety net you deserve. So, when you identify any of those red-flags, don’t hesitate from ejecting. Especially if you’re into multiple things simultaneously. You tried, you gave your best, and there’s always gonna be something better!
So, that’s how I plan to ace my hustle. After all, when the journey gets difficult winners don’t give up, they get up and take control!
Tell me what you think. If you have any more ideas that I could add to these 5 things I do to deliver better under pressure share them in comments below.
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