Just as pressure can turn into stress, urgency can also turn into stress, so we need to know the limit.
Urgency helps us get things done and if we use the right way then we get things done faster and with amazing results and the reason why is simple. When we create urgency we set a deadline and when we have a deadline that means we need to work as hard as possible on a certain activity, when we set some time to work on one single project or activity for a long period of time it may be for 2 or 3 hours in a row without interruptions our level of concentration and focus increases which leads to increase performance and productivity and this is what helps us finish the activity faster and with great results.
The problem with this is that urgency can lead to stress if we don´t know how to manage it. Urgency can create a sense or anxiety and worry which leads to stress, often most of us think of urgency in a very negative way which creates a huge problem to begin with.
If we create a sense of urgency to stop procrastination or to make sure that we get an activity done on a certain date then the results are great but when we see urgency in a negative way and we get worried if we´re going to deliver the work on time, if we´re going to meet the deadline and exceed expectations, when we doubt ourselves and our skills that´s when urgency turns into stress.
How many times have you left an activity or project for later? And then you get to a point where you need to get that activity or project done in a couple hours or days which leads to stress. I´ve also done this a hundred times but, have you thought about the reason why we leave some activities or projects for later? Is it because it´s not a priority at the time or is it because it´s to hard to do it, it will take a lot of time, or we don´t have the skills and knowledge we need to get it done so this means that we need to learn something new and it will be boring and stressful?
Urgency can turn into stress when you leave an activity or project for later even when you know that activity is high priority but the reason you leave it for later is because it takes a lot of hard work, effort, concentration and time but it needs to get done any way and the less time you have to work on it, to learn what you need the more stress it will create and in most cases this activities are the ones that give us a better reward.
Procrastination also leads to urgency and stress, there are so many reasons why you can procrastinate but in most cases it´s fear, the thought of learning something new and the need to work hard and focus. If you are the type of person who prefers to leave things for later and procrastinate then urgency will lead to stress more often than not so you need to find out why you leave things for later, why you procrastinate, what´s the real reason why you don´t take action.
One way to avoid urgency turning into stress is to make a list of all the activities and projects and rank them from high priority to low, and then take action doing the ones rank on high priority even if those take a longer time to get done, more work and more effort. There´s no reason to leave them for later, go through all the list, you´ll find out that when you´re done with the hardest activities first you feel accomplished, calm your self-confidence increase because you finished a hard task so you continue with the next ones with that sense of accomplishment.
If there´s any project you want to get done then set a deadline and create a sense of urgency, think about what could happen when you get it done and how you´ll feel. And from now on try to do a list of all activities and projects in order of importance and priority and work on them, do not leave anything for later.
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