Working under pressure has advantages and disadvantages. The tension keeps us active and alert, and we “push” to get things done. The proof is that when there is no fixed deadline, we spend a lot more time to do the job. Our performance drop significantly. The time passes we find the time to start, and we do not end the project until they feel that everything is “absolutely” perfect [sometimes, that means that never ends].
But it is also true that when the pressure exceeds the limits and overwhelms us, could adversely affect our quality of life and our health. The most frequent result is that our freelance adventure ends early. So it is so important to find a balance between these two poles.
Here, as elsewhere, there are different ways of seeing things. Which of the two groups belong to?:
1. High voltage
There are professionals who insist that the pressure helps them do their jobs. For this group, tight deadlines and demands made by the client, or even by themselves, are the best source of motivation, enabling them to unleash their creativity and perform my best.
Profile. Many of these professionals were bored at her previous firm, and became a freelance just to meet new challenges in a more ambitious without limitations, the procedures and limitations into traditional structures
2. Low Voltage
Another group of professionals, however, understands that the pressure is something to be avoided as far as possible. For them, the pressure limiting creativity, and is responsible for many projects are not carried out successfully. In his opinion, the best way to do a job is taking their time, attention to detail to ensure the quality of the final result.
Profile. Many of these were freelance professionals to avoid the typical strains on those subjected employees: long commute to the workplace, traffic jams, inflexible schedules, always behind a boss, a working environment tax, etc..
The pressure is inevitable
The fact is that, like it or not, our freelance activity always carries some pressure. No longer hide behind a computer, or pass it on to another. If there is a list of things to do and a deadline set, it is impossible to fall asleep. Especially when the work falls on one person and that person is you.
At this pressure must be added another:
– Find new projects and new customers
– Get customers to pay their bills
– Timely and properly pay the corresponding taxes
Seek balance. As we have seen, the key is to find the level of pressure we need to do the job effectively without our quality of life will suffer.
THINK MEDIUM / LONG TERM. It is important to this approach at least the medium term. Not enough to endure a hellish pressure for two months if the third going to have to throw in the towel altogether. Before that happens, you take action.
Manages pressure in 3 steps
FreelanceFolder In 3 easy steps they propose to handle the pressure the best way possible:
1. Discover how you react to pressure
You should try to discover what level of pressure that stimulates you and allows you to perform your job efficiently without harming your health. Make sure that, besides producing, getting enough sleep, eat healthily, and have time to unwind and for your leisure activities.
Everyone reacts to pressure differently, and it is important to discover what your defense mechanisms. Although at first glance do not seem so, your body is always “talks”. Most practical is to hear what you’re saying if you start suffering back pain, headaches, stomach upset, heartburn, bad mood, a certain pressure in the chest … it is very possible that you’re having with the dose of pressure.
2. Discover what factors are influencing and to what extent
If you see something wrong, you should try to locate those specific factors that are affecting your quality of life. The problem could be that not getting enough sleep in a chair you use poor quality that do not sport, you work too many hours, or even that certain types of work that can not stand.
To make sure the diagnosis is right, also examines the factors located in your environment, although not strictly work. You may be responsible for your problems is a family affair.
3. Take appropriate steps to bring pressure to sustainable levels
Once you know what the problem is to use the means to solve it.
If the problem is overwork, or tight deadlines, you have to reject or postpone some projects, and must otherwise negotiate with your clients to give yourself a wider margin. For complicated it may seem, it is always better than throwing in the towel.