How do you manage your work when everything piles on at the same time?
Last Updated: 11/15/2021 at 10:16pm
Jill Kapil, PsyD
I have over 8 years of clinical experience, specialize in anxiety, and am passionate about my work. My approach is collaborative, empathic, supportive, and goal-oriented.
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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. :)
I nver let things to pile on at first place. Then I can always pursue/manipulate others to do my work if needed.
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.
By priorities. Skimming off what isn't truly important or time sensitive should help a lot. This should be a good visual. http://www.ashpfoundation.org/leadershipprimer/Priority%20Matrix.jpg 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 :)!
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.
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 :)
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!
Take your workload one piece at a time. Congratulate yourself upon completing a task and move on to the next thing.
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
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.
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.
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.
I start by taking several deep breaths. Then, I make a list to prioritize tasks that have deadlines or are most important.
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.
Work out a schedule with an order of things that need to be done first. Take breaks so everything isn't building up.!
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.
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.
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.
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