Put yourself in this situation. You’re on your way to work and the traffic clogs. You missed twenty minutes by the cut off time when you arrived in the office. Then your boss tells you to de-prioritize your current tasks and prioritize the one that he is giving you. Seems like the day is not yours right? This is often the cause of stress in many people. Over-thinking and stress happens when a person is confused or simply finds no organization or comfort at the moment. Oftentimes, the stress stretches even when they get home from work.
Getting off the stress tablet means to know how to maintain composure even during your most darkest hour. The key terms of keeping yourself off stress is empathy, priorities and patience.
1. Put Yourself in Another Situation
When somebody fails to do their part on a project that you’ve long planned and for a few days have been making good progress just for someone to wreck it all, you’re really going to be stressed. But then again, put yourself in the situation of this person. Try to understand why they weren’t able to meet the deadline or standards you set. But before you do this, be sure you’ve calmed yourself down and are ready to listen.
To talk to this person is to empathize with them. Ask them what went wrong. Judge their reasons if they are valid. If they are not valid, present it to the person and rightfully discipline them. Remember, a good leader does not lash out to their colleagues to alleviate their own temper. You should alleviate your temper on your own and see for yourself the reasons of failure this person has.
For the moment, you are short of one man who had done their task. If you’ve calmed down, you nee to find a way to save your presentation. Put yourself in the present. What’s done has been done by your colleague who came short. It’s up to you and your other colleagues to make a plan to ensure that you successfully make your project and meet the deadline.
If you have your priorities straight and you find that that one mistake has cost you so much trouble to re-assess and restart your project, have patience. The more you are patient, and the more you accept the situation as it is, the clearer your mind will be. There is no use for bickering about the failure of a colleague as it won’t bring back anything. But making things better at present, can make new things and even a solution for yourself.