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How do you manage your work when everything piles on at the same time?

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Last Updated: 03/01/2022 at 2:10pm
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March 21st, 2015 3:21pm
Well its not easy when you have so much to do at work. And when one thing piles on the other it becomes difficult to even concentrate on what you are doing. When this happens I think its best if we focus on completing one task rather than focusing on everything and then get confused. So doing one thing at a time and doing it properly is a good option. But then if you have time limit and you have to do all the tasks give to you, its better if you take breaks after you feel you have worked enough or are tired. Meditate, go on a walk, sleep for sometime, listen to soothing music, talk to someone or do something you like. It helps you calm down and release your stress. And when your mind is clear it becomes easy for you to decide what you plan of action is. We are going to have many obstructions in life but we have to make sure we are ready to face them. And I believe there are solutions to every problem. :)
April 2nd, 2015 8:54pm
I nver let things to pile on at first place. Then I can always pursue/manipulate others to do my work if needed.
February 10th, 2015 3:06am
Do one thing at a time, it will get done when it gets done. There's only one of you and your health isn't worth destroying over work.
May 6th, 2015 2:59am
By priorities. Skimming off what isn't truly important or time sensitive should help a lot. This should be a good visual. It's called the Priority Matrix. it allows us to graph what is urgent and important, important yet not urgent, urgent but not important and both not urgent and not important. Goodluck :)!
April 4th, 2015 12:44am
Honestly thats is me all the time like seriously, it may be stressing but it good to rake breaks every 30 mins at least tp relax our mind and relieve ourselves.
June 18th, 2015 2:49am
I always make sure to prioritize my mental health as the first thing to take care of, and then I sort out what needs to be done first and the fastest. Simple tackle-and-destroy approach :)
June 18th, 2015 3:30pm
When everything piles on at the same time, I take a deep breath and I try to stay calm. I then make a priority list of what needs to be done first by importance and urgency and work my through those and keep going! I reassure myself that if everything doesn't get done in one day, it isn't the end of the world and that I always have another day!
July 21st, 2015 2:33pm
Take your workload one piece at a time. Congratulate yourself upon completing a task and move on to the next thing.
January 5th, 2016 5:22am
divide your work in four category and plan according that: 1. important and urgent 1. important and urgent 2. important but not urgent 3. not important but urgent 4. not important not urgent
June 13th, 2017 7:41pm
It's important to dedicate time to everything which you enjoy, as well as everything you have to do. Reward yourself- take a break when you're not at work and multitask. Watch a film as you iron or fold the laundry, cook a meal for your family whilst listening to your favourite music. It's all about balance.
January 30th, 2018 3:11pm
The truth is you can only work on one thing at a time. The key is to figure out which one you want to devote time to first and then line them up Next, focus on the task at hand and dont let anyone tell you otherwise. Then see the pile get smaller.
January 16th, 2018 10:43am
Prioritize, and put realistic deadline based on your capacity, communicate with other parties about the workload you have and the deadlines you can deliver at so no one gets an unwanted surprise.
June 29th, 2015 12:51am
The key to managing work is to organise it. It may seem like everything is piled up and you have to complete everything. We also often add the pressure when we think 'I have to get most of it finished today' when in reality it is not going to be possible, and then we feel more stress because we concentrate on the parts we haven't managed to complete. So think about the things which are most important, alternate between larger and smaller tasks which you need to get done and divide your time accordingly. Take regular breaks and ensure you have time in the evening to relax, without worrying about the work, because stress can negatively affect our work or our abilities, so make sure you save time to do something you enjoy doing or catch up on a certain programme or book you are reading, crafts, sport.. anything that you enjoy which relieves your stress. Don't overload and make sure you are still eating and sleeping as normal.
May 23rd, 2016 12:15pm
I start by taking several deep breaths. Then, I make a list to prioritize tasks that have deadlines or are most important.
July 4th, 2016 1:10pm
When the work piles on, I make a list of jobs by priority, and set time lines to complete them (the best I can determine them). If possible, I might ask a co-worker to assist me, but in genera I plan to have the work split up with importance and due dates.
November 21st, 2017 11:21am
Work out a schedule with an order of things that need to be done first. Take breaks so everything isn't building up.!
June 25th, 2018 10:52pm
Baby steps are the answer for me. I like to list all the overwhelming things I have to do and divide them in more manageable bits. In this way, I feel a great deal less stressed and I manage to focus on what I am doing, instead of worrying about everything else and not getting anything done. Asking for help is key as well, and I don't mean getting somebody to actually help me with my workload. Having somebody I can talk with for a few minutes and remind me that I'll get through this and that I am capable of doing so successfully can really fuel me.
November 15th, 2021 10:16pm
It helps me when things begin to pile on top of one another to make a list of priorities. I do not allow myself to move on until I finish the tasks at the top of the list, one at a time. If I feel like I have hit a wall while doing this, I allow myself to knock off a smaller quicker task or two in order to get the wheels turning again. Knocking a few things off the list quickly helps gain that confidence and drive to continue to push on with the larger tasks back on top of the to-do list.
December 13th, 2021 1:58am
I take a step back and take a look at all the tasks I need to complete. Have a break, maybe have a cup of tea so I can come back with a refreshed mind. I then write each task down and complete them bit by bit in order of importance to make all the tasks look a little less daunting. I make sure to take breaks every now and then so that I don't become too overwhelmed and am able to think clearly and complete tasks to the best of my ability. If it's something others can help with I can ask them for support or help in completing such tasks.
March 1st, 2022 2:10pm
The first thing to do is take a step back and breathe. The next thing I do is use an app like trello, or even a checklist and write down everything I need to do, then I break those tasks down into manageable bits of work, so I can tick them off bit by bit. Sometimes all you need to do is organize and prioritize! I sometimes find that asking for help from your classmates, friends, teacher, or employer is helpful if I'm too overwhelmed. Finally, you need more time, it's best, to be honest, and explain the situation, oftentimes, people are more than understanding. You've got this!