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May 6, 2005 4:02 AM Subscribe
When work is getting far too crazy for you to keep up how do you cope? I've been made the lead on a project that was pretty out of control to start with and things have just been getting worse as the project gets more and more successful. What advice do you have for handling the stress before I find myself telling my CEO exactly where he can go stick whatever nearby objects are available for sticking.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm the lead on a computer project that has found itself a lot more successful than anyone expected. So right now I have a woefully understaffed team, customers who are demanding all sorts of random things, a CTO/CEO who is breathing down my neck needing more demos, more features, more more more, and a bug list that is growing out of control.
This is the most responsibility I've ever had and I'm worried I'm going to screw it up. I'm beginning to lose track of what needs to be/has been done, and I've become pretty interrupt driven. My teams task lists are still growing faster than they are being completed and deadlines are coming really really soon. The team works well together and I'd like to think I'm a decent manager and that morale is pretty good considering, but by now the work load is making everyone a bit punchy, and that's of course making getting things done even harder.
All this is causing enough stress that stress itself is becoming an impediment to getting stuff done. How can I handle the stress? I know exercise is important and I'm making sure I don't avoid that, but I'm not sure where to go from there. How do you handle insane work stress. (And no, quitting is not something I'm interested in.)