I think I can safely say that we have all encountered the dread of not reaching a deadline at work. The wave of panic that takes over you during the lead up to the big deadline date. The struggle. The worry.
Then your imagination goes in to overdrive. What will happen if you don’t get everything finished in time? Will you walk in to the office that morning to find your personal belongings have been packed up? Will your boss make you stand on the table hanging your head in shame whilst your colleagues stand there laughing and pointing at your inability to complete a task?
Of course in reality this wouldn't happen - so when I initially came across this article, I was shocked at the thought that more people are afraid of missing deadlines then they are of death! But after taking a step back and really thinking about it, it’s actually rather easy to relate to those people.
On a regular basis, your work will inevitably throw some pressure your way, but whatever you do, don’t let this cause any anxieties – Sometimes, these things aren’t worth losing sleep over. Don’t sit there being a work hero, ask your colleagues for some help. At the end of the day, you’re a team and we’re all here to help each other.
There’s are few worse feelings than knowing that you’re nowhere near on top of an impending work deadline. It’s that old Sunday-night-homework sensation with the volume turned up: a panicky fluttering heartbeat, a sinking feeling of dread in your stomach, and the sense that you are standing at the bottom of a cloud-capped mountain wearing flip-flops.