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How To Turn Stress Into Productivity Fuel

How To Turn Stress Into Productivity Fuel | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

Feeling stressed lately? Chances are you're not alone. We carry varying degrees of stress around with us all the time—sometimes more, sometimes less. Does that pressure make us more productive or less? As with so many aspects of human psychology, the answer is: It depends. But what it depends on is something called the Yerkes-Dodson curve, a theory that dates back to 1908. Here's how understanding it can help you channel the stress you may be feeling into energy to get things done.

 

The Yerkes-Dodson curve relates the amount of motivational energy, called "arousal," a person may possess to how well they'll perform at a given task. The basic idea is that at low levels of arousal, people don't perform particularly well. In this state, people aren't all that motivated to get much done. That helps explain why being totally stress-free can breed laziness or complacency, and also why some of your most productive days are those when the clock is ticking for you to wrap up a big projec


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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, November 30, 2016 4:20 AM
Stress, surprisingly is a precursor for success! Some of the best art forms were produced in times of stress. The poet P.B. Shelley wrote 'Ode to the Westwind' when he was undergoing a lot of difficulties in life. The poem was to become one of the best works of poetry. It is for this reason that we need to understand that stress can be turned around and made into a tool for promoting success!
Adele Taylor's curator insight, November 30, 2016 3:34 PM
Interesting... I always thought the whole 'I work well under pressure' was a bit of a cliché but it turns out to be true
Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, December 1, 2016 5:57 AM

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How Successful People Stay Calm

How Successful People Stay Calm | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control.


The tricky thing about stress (and the anxiety that comes with it) is that it’s an absolutely necessary emotion. Our brains are wired such that it’s difficult to take action until we feel at least some level of this emotional state. In fact, performance peaks under the heightened activation that comes with moderate levels of stress. As long as the stress isn’t prolonged, it’s harmless.



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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, February 10, 2014 10:17 PM

This is simply not rocket science, but something that we have always known about, and perhaps forgotten down the road. Stress management has been the key to the success of everyone living in a society bordering on chaos. The successful mother, the mature director, the 'Mr Cool Dude' are all metaphors of successful people who manage their stress levels to remain calm even in the most challenging of situations. True, some might have an innate capability for remaining calm, but then others can train themselves too!

Madhav Sharma's curator insight, February 12, 2014 10:46 PM

just imagine some professions like Armed Forces, Medicine, Airline Pilots, shipping, police where stress levels are very high, yet many of them remain so calm and composed.  Its comes through extensive training. I guess we all have the potential to control our stress levels and be happy. Good reading 

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How stress affects your brain - Madhumita Murgia (Ted Ed lesson)

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-stress-affects-your-brain-madhumita-murgia Stress isn’t always a bad thing; it can be handy for a burst of ex...

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SageRave of Get Custom Content's curator insight, November 16, 2015 5:04 PM

Stress is NOT harmless background noise.

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The Best Ways to Manage Office Stress

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Forget group complaint sessions and the old count-to-10 advice.

 

Some 70% of Americans know the feeling: Some time during the workday, the stomach tightens. The heart races. Palms grow damp, breathing becomes shallow.

 

Job pressures are the No. 2 cause of stress after financial worries, a recent survey shows. And while most of us struggle to manage the stress of a demanding boss or a mounting workload on our own, more employers are trying to help. Efforts include earnest-sounding techniques like "mindful communication" and "cognitive behavioral training" as well as office designs featuring leafy, plant-covered walls.


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