By nature, I can get quite stressed quite quickly but the key to not getting flustered when the pressure hits, is to ensure that you can organise your priorities and get the most important things done first. See tips below:
1. Write a to-do list:
Have a list next to you where you can jot down anything that comes up that you need to get done. Once it is written down, you can remove it from your mind and keep focused on which ever task you need to be doing. There is nothing worse than trying to remember 20 different tasks that you need to do and not being able to focus on any of them!
2. Have a plan for each day:
At the end of each day, if you can spend a few minutes putting together some kind of plan for the next day you’re already one step ahead and you don’t need to stress so much the following morning. Refer to your to-do list and see what you didn’t get done, and work out what are the most important tasks for the following day. If staying back a few minutes later at the end of each day will ensure that you leave work feeling less stressed, do it! You can enjoy your night more and get a better night’s sleep, ready for the next day!
3. Take a few minutes:
If you feel like time is getting away from you and you can’t get done everything that you need to, there will be no harm in taking a few minutes to get your head together and organise yourself. It could be that everything is urgent and you actually can’t do it all at once, so take the time to work out what actually is the most urgent and prioritise each thing according to its urgency. This will help you to remain calm under the pressure and you will find that you can focus on each thing better if you have a plan of attack.
4. Make your calendar your best friend:
I find that I like to put basically everything in my calendar. If it is something that needs to be done at a certain time it can help to have it in your calendar so that you have that specific time set aside for it. If it is phone screening for a particular role, it means that other people won’t schedule appointments in your diary because you have already blocked it out. It will also ensure that you can prepare for it better and make better use of that time.
My to-do list on the other hand, is more of an ongoing task list for things that don’t need to be done at a certain time.
5. Take a break:
If you find that you have been stuck on a particular task for too long and you feel that you are getting nowhere with it, take a break! Go for a walk, get a cup of tea or chat to a colleague (provided they aren’t flat out busy). You might find that taking a short break will allow you to focus on something else for a bit so you can come back to the task with a fresh mind and you will be able to focus your attention on it more. Sometimes a quick break is all it takes to get your mind straight again.
When I first started in recruitment I had no idea how to organise my time to get everything done, but I found just making these small changes helped me dramatically to organise my time and get things done! Maybe it will work for you too!
By Samantha Thomas – Recruitment Consultant at Rusher Rogers HR Solutions