Manage Work Overload

There are times when you look down at your to-do list and feel your heart race. You’ve realised that you don’t have time to finish everything that needs to be done. Even if you stay back at the office, there will still be unfinished tasks on that to-do list, threatening to push your stress levels to critical. What do you do now to fix this problem? You can lower your stress levels by learning how to manage work overload. This blog will help you get out of this situation and keep your wellbeing in check.

How to manage work overload

What you need to do first is work out which tasks are urgent, and which tasks can be completed later. Write down the tasks you need to complete today, and what you can leave until another time. The best way to do this is to categorise your tasks according to level of urgency, and allocate different tasks to complete on different days. This will help you put your focus on the things at the very top of your priority list.

Once you’ve done this, you’re left with a simple streamlined to-do list. But there are still many important tasks to finish. What do you do at this point? You can chat with your colleagues and potentially delegate tasks to anyone who is available and suitable for the job. What’s great is that your team members will have access to the information, files and notes they need to complete the task the way it was intended.

Declutter to lower stress

Seeing your inbox free from unread emails is always a cleansing feeling. This helps you gain more focus, and prevents you from damaging your own productivity. People tend to place importance on menial tasks such as moving emails to different folders. Push these small tasks out of your mind so you will stay focused on what’s important.

Things can get busy, fast. We all fall victim to work overload from time to time. But it’s not too late to get yourself on track to de-stressing your life and getting projects completed.