Creating structure out of less working time: Reducing your workload
Who doesn’t want less working time? Who doesn’t want to produce more in less working hours? When was the last time you had a chance to sit back and say ‘I have done enough for today, I’m off to play some football’? And yet, you do feel the urge to take it easy once in a while – don’t you?
The good news is there are a few things you can do to manage your workload more effectively and reduce your stress levels at the same time:
1. Acknowledging your limits
We are designed to focus on what we can accomplish in the present. But that's often at the expense of understanding what's coming next. To survive in a competitive world, we need to be able to adjust priorities and focus on what's most important right now. Knowing your own limitations is the first step to staying motivated in any endeavor.
Try not to let yourself be overwhelmed by work. One important way to do so is by saying ‘no’ to those who keep piling the work on top of you, or by making sure they have realistic expectations of you.
2. Pick and prioritize
Life can get in the way of enjoying your best days. Whether that's slowing time down to enjoy new experiences, facing challenges without fear or celebrating the good times. One way to slow down and enjoy life is to focus on a single task at a time. It's really easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of activities and emotions that occur within any given day. Focusing on one task for a period of time can help you slow down and enjoy what's happening right now.
3. Deal with Deadlines
Life can be hectic with deadlines to meet and several projects to complete. To get things done in time, you may need to consider time management tools. These tools can help you prioritize tasks and work through other difficult situations. Manage Your Calendar is a quick and easy guide to help you stay productive and organized.
4. Be good to yourself
If you have a heavy workload, take regular breaks throughout the day. Taking time off for lunch and taking mini screen breaks can help make you feel refreshed and more focused. If you're still weighed down by an impossible workload and drowning in deadlines, it's time to ask for help. Your employer or manager may not even realize how much pressure you're under, so don't suffer in silence.
John Corbett has helped hundreds of people overcome their stress, fatigue, and other productivity issues, achieving more than they ever thought possible. End your struggle for balance through proven strategies for improving your productivity, performance, and quality of life.