Some work-related stress is good for you: How to strike a balance between too much and too little

All stress isn’t bad for you, Tim Cannon writes, but you have to know how to manage it. Research from the University of California–Berkeley shows that acute stress can keep the brain alert, and better alertness leads to better performance. Cannon suggests a few ways to turn stress into productivity at work: Set tough but achievable challenges for yourself and those you manage, focus on one big task at a time, and give your team members some control over their deadlines and goals.