Many leaders of companies that we meet face constant time pressure. It causes stress and chronic fatigue. More and more research indicates that this has serious negative effects:
- It deteriorates ones immune system.
- It diminishes the clarity of thinking and the quality of decision making.
Beside the fact that more and more medical research shows that stress and fatigue are serious threats to your health, they have similar negative effects for your functioning as a leader. The quality of your decision making deteriorates, which will triggers more fire-fighting to cover for your lack of alertness, which causes more multitasking, time pressure and stress again. It will suck you into a vicious cycle.
That makes stress and fatigue enemies not to be taken lightly. Usually stress comes from uncertainty; the fear of losing something that you have. Fatigue is the effect of the tendency to overstretch once efforts in an attempt to manage the potential downside in order to compensate for the stress.
So it is key to learn to live with uncertainty as a given fact of life. Equanimity is key. Everything changes always. Just make sure that you're focused to turn every experience into a learning experience. Being a bit better every day takes you further than frantically seeking for a quantum leap. A focus on ongoing improvement will ensure that any change will make you stronger on the long run and it will save you a lot of time worrying and taking preventive measures for things that are not happening after all.