Using Stress To Increase Productivity

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Are You Too Stressed to Be Productive? Or Not Stressed Enough?
by Francesca Gino (@francescagino)

Key Takeaway: Stress can be both good and bad for you. The Yerkes-Dodson law states that stress helps performance, but only up to a certain point. If high stress levels are making you unproductive, there are a few techniques that can help you bring it back to a more optimal level.

Tips & Tricks:
How can you use stress to increase your productivity?

  1. First, take the Perceived Stress Scale test to discover your stress level.
  2. If your score is high, around 20 and above, you have an unproductive level of stress and should consider lowering it.
  3. If your score is 4 or below, you might not be engaged enough in your work. This is also unproductive.

Tips on reducing stress levels:

  1. Find more ways to increase your control over the work you do. Focus on the parts of your work where you have a choice versus those where you don’t.
  2. Try to find ways to express yourself at work. This removes the feeling of inauthenticity at the office, which often leads to stress.
  3. Develop routines at work to both improve your performance and reduce stress at the same time.
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