Have you ever had so many tasks on your to-do list that you became frazzled?
You felt like you wouldn’t finish them all so why bother?
This is workload overload.
It becomes serious when deadlines come and go and your tasks still haven’t been completed.
When you start to feel this way, it is important to grab ahold of the situation and turn it around.
ALWAYS A GOOD WAY TO START IS BY SAYING “NO”.
A strong “No” might not always be most appropriate, but you can also give an explanation of why. Firmly tell others that you are at capacity and do not have the bandwidth to take on another task.
Communicate this with your superiors as well. They have the power to relieve you of some of your lesser important tasks. They can also help by spreading the workload more evenly within your department.
TRY NOT TO TAKE YOUR WORK HOME WITH YOU.
With so many tasks piling up, this can be hard, but time to yourself to re-energize and relax is very important for your mental health and wellbeing. Don’t forget you can also take a minute or two to daydream at work if you feel you need a few minutes of respite.
BREAK IT DOWN.
To start tackling that list of tasks, you can break them down into smaller, more manageable chunks of work. Accomplishing those tasks will give you a boost in morale. You will feel more in control as you start to make real progress on your tasks.
It can be hard to start when you feel overwhelmed, but remember to take it slow and break it down.
You’ll be checking off your task list faster than you think.