How To Handle Stressful Priorities At Work

Here continues a summary of my posts on how to recover as quickly as possible from stress and exhaustion.

In my daily work with people who have sought help for problems with stress and fatigue, I have been able to distinguish 3 building blocks in stress management:

1) Regulate your stress level, se techniques in earlier post

2) Handle stress sources

3) Use stress management habits


When it comes to the second building block, handle stress sources, there are several important areas:
-Self-image and values
-Thoughts & Pacing
-At Home
-At Work

Today the post continues with how you can manage your stress sources at work.

One important principle is to keep track of your priorities and ensure that these are aligned with your manager.

This is because it is the manager’s responsibility according to law to lead and allocate/reallocate work.

Hence, it is the manager who therefore shall choose what is to be done, and also indirectly what will not be done.

You only have the time at hand that you have. The consequences are your manager’s responsibility, not yours.


Be sure to always control one of the following dimensions yourself:

  • What shall be done – the actual end product
  • When it should be done – the deadline, which impacts the pace
  • How it should be done / executed – the process and necessary steps to be performed

If you have problems with stress, tight deadlines are tricky and something to avoid or alternatively make sure that there is enough time for unforeseen events.

Hence, only schedule 80% of your time so that there are room for surprises and bumps in the road.

More about how to handle stress and exhaustion next week.

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