6 Tips For Dealing with the Stress of Working in IT

Anyone who works in IT will be able to tell you how stressful of a work environment it can be, with the pressure of deadlines and so many things going on under one roof it can be very easy to become overwhelmed. Dealing with stress is a very personal thing and people cope with stress in very different ways, some people find that a change of scenery really helps and others enjoy taking a break or having a proper meal is a great way to have some time to yourself away from the stresses of an IT workplace.

 

Regular Breaks

One of the best ways to deal with stress is to take a break, working under stress is a terrible way of producing high-quality work so taking some time away and then going back to it is probably the best thing you can do. Without making time for breaks you are only going to make the situation worse and your work is definitely going to suffer, if you feel that the stress is getting too much it is better to take ten minutes away from the environment rather than trying to push through.

 

Sleep Quality

One of the biggest causes of stress is a lack of sleep, if you find that you are becoming very stressed more frequently than normal, then your sleep quality may be the issue. I’m sure you’ve all been there, on a day where you didn’t get the best night’s sleep and everything irritates you. Sometimes this is unavoidable but you should be getting a high-quality amount of sleep on most nights in order to maintain your physical and mental health whilst reducing stress levels at work.

 

Change of Scenery

Stress is often caused by the environment you are in, getting out of the stressful situation as soon as you can is the best way to calm yourself down and give yourself time to compose yourself. Particularly when it comes to an IT work environment as there is so much going on at one time the stress can cause a lot of pressure, most offices are not the nicest or most uplifting places which are why they can be more stressful than other work environments out there.

 

Company Changes

Another way to help ease the stresses of working in IT would be to make changes to how your business is run, if you feel that there is something in particular about working in IT that causes stress then it is time to make a change. It may be a member of staff who is causing you stress or it could be technology troubles, in an IT work environment having an efficient team and technological resources that you can trust is vital, if this is causing you to stress you should talk to the team member in question and maybe look at switching IT providers. If you are considering changing then this guide on switching IT providers talks about the best way to do so, in a way that will benefit how your company is run.

 

Headphones

Listening to music is one of the best ways to reduce stress and block out a work environment that is making you unhappy, if you find that you are having trouble concentrating then finding a relaxing playlist to listen to whilst you work may be the best thing to do. Music has been proven to help people relax so in a time where you are overly stressed it can be a real lifesaver.

 

Make the Most of Time Out of Work

Something else to consider is the harsh truth that you are stressed due to the fact that you are not making the most of the time you spend outside of work. This happens very often where people get to caught up in their professional lives that they forget about having a social life. Making sure you take time to enjoy yourself and interacting with other people is a great way to release the build-up of pressure working in a stressful environment can induce. If you are getting stressed at work then it may be time to think about what you enjoy so that you have something to look forward to that doesn’t involve work.

Deconstructing Your PC: What Do All the Components Actually Do?

Have you ever wondered how computers actually work? Not too long ago in our history computers would take up entire rooms and had only enough processing power to do a few simple calculations. Now we can fit computers, with more processing power than the computers that sent a man to the moon, in our pocket.

Most people use these machine without any understanding of how they are put together or what the individual components inside actually do. It might as well be magic as far as they are concerned. And it’s understandable. Computers are complex machines. Not easy to understand.

So we are going to virtually deconstruct a typical PC and go through what each of the components actually does. We will be explaining it in layman terms as well, so don’t worry about getting bogged down with a lot of technobabble.

The Motherboard

You will hear the motherboard mentioned in connection with nearly every other component inside of a PC. The motherboard is, essentially, the large piece of circuitry that all the other components rest on. It is the section of the PC that it attached and fitted inside the case itself. It acts as a body for the machine, allowing all the individual components to do their job in tandem. This does mean if the motherboard gets damaged, the whole system can stall out and break.

 

The CPU

If the motherboard if the body, the CPU is the brain. Without this, you don’t have a PC. CPU stands for central processing Unit, not to be confused with the processors. The CPU is where all the commands are issued from. It controls all the other components and is what generates the information you see on your screen. When ever you click your mouse, the CPU passes that information to the relevant section. If you open a program, the CPU will start the code and activate it. The more powerful your CPU, the faster your machine will run.

 

Processors

The CPU handles all the big tasks, but a computer also has to carry out an insane amount of calculations a second, and the CPU cannot handle this alone along with managing all your apps, tasks and the other components. This is where your processors come in.

Processors do all the busy work. All the calculations or background checks the CPU is too busy to handle. The CPU is the queen and the processors are the workers bees. Having more processors will make your machine far more powerful, which is why you often see Quad-Core touted as a great thing to have.

RAM

The most common question I get asked is, what is RAM? RAM stands for Random Access Memory. Imagine it like a massive box of thumb tacks. And every time you need to open a program you need to tack it up on the wall. This is how RAM works. It is spare memory used only to run different programs.

Programs need to store information while they are running. And if they stored it on your hardrive it would slow down you machine constantly. So instead that information is stored on the RAM drive and then deleted once the program closes.

The more RAM your machine has, the more programs you can have open at once without issues. You also need a lot of RAM to run high-end games. So if you are building a PC make sure you check out the best ram for your PC on this German site.

 

Hard-Drive

Chances are you know what this one does. But for anyone who doesn’t, that’s OK. Simply put the Hard Drive is the memory center of your PC. It is where everything permanent is stored. The CPU knows how to run programs but is only a tiny chip. The Hard Drive is where the code is kept.

It is also where you store all your documents, music, photos and videos. You might also have heard the time SSD, which stands for Solid State Drive. These function the same as a hard drive, but allow for quicker memory retrieval and are far more powerful.

 

The Fan

I have said that the CPU is the most important part of the computer, and this is technically true. But for the survival of a PC, the fan is the most important part. CPU’s run hot. It is a side effect of the sheer power of the computations that go on within the case. Not to mention anything that uses electricity is going to run hot as it is.

The more your computer is processing, the hotter it gets. And if it gets too hot it can overheat and die. So the fan, as you can guess, keeps the system cool and functioning. The cooler a CPU is kept, the greater its efficiency.