Your phone won’t work – again. You just got landed with more assignments even though you’re working 60 hours per week as it is.
Your colleagues are annoying you. It feels like you’re in a horror movie loop. Frustration at work can wreck your day. Don’t let it. Think of these tips to remove the stress:
1. Why is it like this?
When you find yourself dealing with frustration, stand back and determine what the specific problems are. Are you just tired? Do you have everything in perspective? Make a priority list of tasks. Simply knowing what and when each item has to be done puts you back in control.
2. What’s the bright side?
A little positivity/levity might be enough to improve your outlook. For example, if someone is late to a meeting, relax and appreciate the extra time you have to gather your thoughts before the meeting begins.
3. Remember, Deja vu
When you feel frustrated, think about the last time you felt that way at work. Things probably worked out then. Chances are, the same will be true this time.
If that explosive feeling is growing, before reacting, take a little time to breathe and reflect on the situation. Think what the reaction to your response will be and whether that will really lessen the pressure.
5. Talk it out
When you do talk to people who have caused your frustration, make sure to:
• Stick to subject that caused the problem. Don’t personalize the issue
• Don’t make accusations. 90% of the time the person/s will be oblivious to how you feel the person isn’t even aware of how you feel.
• Listen to what the other person has to say. If you understand their motivations it’s easier rationalise what can realistically be achieved.
Being able to handle pressure/frustration/conflict is necessary for your career to advance. It’s also a necessary skill that will set you apart for leadership down the road.