Being busy at work is great, but there’s definitely a fine line between having a steady workload and taking on more than you can handle. If you’ve been coming into the office early, working through lunch and staying late, you have officially reached that point.
Often times, when you’re good at your job, you’re rewarded with additional responsibilities — which is great until they become more than you can handle. It’s only natural to want to do it all, but you’re only one person.
3 Tips to Manage Your Workload When You’re at Capacity
Feeling like you’re constantly buried in a mountain of work? It’s time to make a change. Use these three tips to get things under control, before your breaking point is reached:
- Take a Deep Breath: You know that feeling when you want to scream at your inbox? If you’re there, it’s time to take a step back from your demanding workload and regroup. Go outside for some fresh air and when you come back everything will seem a little better. Walking away allows you to clear your head and gain some prospective, so you can address the situation in a rational manner.
- Ask for Help: Even the best and brightest employees can’t do it all. Don’t be afraid to tell your boss you’ve reached your limits and need some help accomplishing everything on your to-do list. It’s much better to be honest that you’re in over your head than risk missing deadlines and submitting subpar work because you’re overwhelmed. Some of your peers might not be very busy, so they may be able to pitch in and assist.
- Learn to Prioritize: Every assignment on your plate does not have equal importance. Assess your workload to determine what needs to be completed immediately and what can wait. Don’t be afraid to push back on deadlines for items you don’t feel are urgent, to make time for those that truly are pressing. There’s no need to rush to accomplish something that doesn’t need to be done for weeks.
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