National Blog Posting Month – January 2014 – Pressure
Prompt – Do you work well under pressure?
Well? Do you punk?
I find that pressure is a necessary ingredient for getting things finished.
The necessary pressure usually comes from me – my own self-imposed deadlines. Occasionally, the pressure is external, like a massive deadline for a grant proposal or review. If I don’t impose deadlines on myself, however, things just don’t get done.
I place pressure on myself by simply putting things on my to-do list. Once it’s there, I have to complete it. No excuses. (Which reminds me. I forgot to check something off the list today.)
Things not on the list aren’t completed. I do have to think carefully about what I put on the list, to ensure that I can actually complete all the tasks in the time allotted. Otherwise, I’ll get frustrated and suddenly nothing gets done.
When the pressure gets too great, I also tend to falter. Anxiety kicks in, and I begin to lose focus. Then suddenly, I quit doing anything.
My challenge is to keep the pressure at just the right level. I have to keep reasonable expectations for myself.
After a few decades of kicking around on this Earth, I think I finally have a good handle on what I am actually capable of, and I’ve been able to accomplish quite a lot. Let’s see if I can keep that trend going…