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What is the best way of managing excessive work demands??

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Last Updated: 05/29/2018 at 7:10pm
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December 24th, 2014 7:19am
Planning & prioritising. There's only so much you can do and some things are more important than others. Always make sure that you're able to tell someone you can't take on any more work at the moment, or if there might be a delay or potential problem with a deadline.
December 10th, 2014 1:34am
Goal charts, limit caffeine to avoid anxiety, and breathing. Meditation helps to keep you focused and light on your feet
December 10th, 2014 2:44am
The best way I manage excessive work demands are by getting a calendar and marking each day I have something due. After that I plan how I am going to prepare and complete each task. I create checklists to make sure I am on track and that I have completed each part of the task that I need to complete.
December 10th, 2014 11:25am
We simply need to firmly say no and explain the need for a sustainable workload and balanced life. Most people will respect your position. Stand firm and watch out for those 'exceptions' that are becoming regular. Know what is good for you and figure out a way to express it assertively. If something is truly important then your boss can explain which of your other responsibilities can be reduced to compensate. Nobody wins if you burn out.
December 10th, 2014 11:29am
Your options include getting as early a start as you can, delegating tasks if possible, hiring a temporary staff member or contractor, and communicating frankly with your boss — again as soon as possible — if the workload expected is too much. If you negotiate with your boss, you can respectfully convey what a reasonable timeline and expectations would be, and what demands require more hands on deck. Good luck, and I hope you take good care of yourself in your off hours, to offset your stress.
December 13th, 2014 5:53pm
I think that you should try & handle the demands in a timely fashion & to the best of your ability, But if that doesn't work, & you know that you don't deserve whatever is going on, then you should talk to your boss in a respectful way about how your work performance is. That'll most likely let you know if you're pulling off the demands well or not.
December 14th, 2014 2:50am
The best way of managing excessive work demands is to take it step by step and tackle the small things first, working your way up to the big things.
December 16th, 2014 7:02am
You could try to treat yourself to something nice and take a breather. It's a lot of pressure fulfilling work demands
December 19th, 2014 9:13pm
Prioritize the tasks in the order of importance (as determined by your boss). Start with the highest priority tasks first, then work your way down to the bottom of the list. Stay organized and try to do two or three easier tasks at once to maximize efficiency and stay on top of things. And if all else fails, you can explain to your boss that you're feeling overwhelmed, falling behind and would benefit from strategies for managing the work load. Bosses like employees who are responsible and proactive enough to address these concerns before they start affecting performance.
December 28th, 2014 5:17am
make a to do list and mark off when you finish something. this will keep you aware what you have done and what you need to do still. With me there is satisfaction and relief each time I mark something off.
January 3rd, 2015 5:38pm
Lists!!!!! Lists are your friend. Write down what is a priority, what needs to be done immediately, and focus on those tasks. If you're able, ask for help and divide the work load. Try not to take your work home if you can. If you have to, work on whatever you couldn't finish the day before.
May 9th, 2015 11:02pm
Personally, I like to make lists (it reduces my anxiety, as a lot of my stress comes from not knowing what to do next). Explicitly label what is most important, and then read the list out loud with the prefaces "I would really like to... because...". This is just what I like to do -- not everybody is the same :)
May 27th, 2015 9:28am
To do lists will save your life. Write everything you have to do then sort it out according to the most important or the most pressing issues. You can do this with a table (you can have some numbers like 1-5 on how important they are or have columns titled red, yellow and orange, with red being the most important and green being not so hard to do). Lists are super helpful and help to keep you organised and allow you to plan your time well so that you can manage the demands. Oh and plan your day...that helps too :)
July 13th, 2015 1:43am
Setting up a plan. Use a Calender. talk to your manager or the person who's in charge. Delegate Tasks.
September 22nd, 2015 5:59pm
I would try to take things one step at a time. Make a list of what needs to be done, put it down on paper, then make a "plan of attack" based on the time in which things need to be done / level of importance.
April 26th, 2016 4:35pm
The best way is to make a good working plan. If you cannot execute by yourself, than delagate your activities to other person
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August 1st, 2016 5:36am
Know when to say no,or admit that you can't handle it and u need help. Schedule your work time to meet time lines. If there is to much and is impossible for u to meet the time line then request help/assistance.
September 12th, 2016 4:52pm
Talk it out. Sometimes the best stress-reducer is simply sharing your stress with someone close to you. The act of talking it out — and getting support and empathy from someone else — is often an excellent way of blowing of steam and reducing stress. Have a support system of trusted people.
May 29th, 2018 7:10pm
I think the person who is managing over you should realize that there is only a certain amount you're capable of doing. There's a difference between some extra work and an excessive amount.