I noticed the other day that I tend to be most productive when I'm really stressed out. A bit of research led me to an article at Stressfocus.com detailing four types of stress: eustress, distress, under-stress, and over-stress. While eustress is clearly positive -- it's the the feeling of motivation and inspiration that carries you through a fascinating but complicated or difficult project -- I think it's one of the more negative ones -- over-stress -- that actually positive for me.
... Being forced to focus only on the immediate issues can be a good thing, from time to time. It can be constructive. Striking item after item off your to-do list can be exhilarating — liberating, almost. You don’t want to be operating in crisis mode 24/7, but every once in a while, having to go into overdrive and multitask like a madwoman in order to get it all done — and actually get it all done? ... [More]
Read the rest, at tell me whether you think stress can be a positive thing, over at The 36-Hour Day.