Few of us go for long at work without feeling completely overwhelmed. Whether it’s a never-ending to do list, or a mountain of paperwork to go through, we all have constant demands on our time that can occasionally clash to create a perfect storm of stress.
While there might be very little you can do about the amount of work you have physically come in, there are ways you can ensure you are handling it all a lot more effectively. While people talk about “managing time”, what you actually need is a way to manage your approach to the use of your time.
Unless you make a conscious effort to schedule your time, you are probably not being as productive as you’d like, or need to be. It’s this which leads to feelings of being overwhelmed and out of control.
One way to try and combat this is to utilise the one day rule.
Remember what it was like in your office just before Christmas? Everyone knew they were going off work for a few days (maybe longer if they were lucky) and a sense of panic ensued. So much to do, and a very finite amount of time to do it in before Santa arrived.
We’ve all seen the meme’s doing the rounds on social media stating you get more cleaning done in the ten minutes before someone comes over than you do in a week. Work is the same. That period before you go on holiday, or shut down for a few days, is your most productive.
Why? Because you become more ruthless with your to do list. Through the pressures of time you are able to see clearly what must be done, and what can be done – everything else can legitimately wait.
When you are feeling totally bombarded, try behaving as though you genuinely only have one day to get everything done. You will be far more focussed and efficient, and will be able to tick a lot of things off your to do list.
That’s one way of getting back in control, for everything else, there’s a VA!
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