In today’s work places, workload or work stress is common in whatever role or position a person is in. So we need to prepare ourselves mentally and physically to handle the workload. Some of the ways to prepare to handle workload are
- Prioritize the work: Take time to schedule and prioritize the works and the tasks of high priority and which are reaching the deadline. Finish them first. There will be a few tasks which might not be too urgent. Don’t spend much time on those tasks. Maintain a task manager. Try to complete the tasks up to date.
- Finish a task after task: Don’t try to do every task at a time finish a task or an assignment and then go to the next one. Starting everything at a time will end in nothing. Stay focused on what you are working on.
- Share the load: When heavy workload is there never try to finish everything by yourself. Work with the team and share the load with the respective people.
- Know your abilities and work: Before working on a task, think about what you are good at and what your abilities are and complete the work in your style. Don’t try to step into others shoes and copy their style.
- Don’t overburden: Never overburden yourself accepting too many assignments. Always remember the realistic load and realistic deadlines. Learn to say no when it won’t be completed in the given time frame. Genuinely saying no, in the beginning, is always better than unable to complete at the end.
- Take Suggestions: There will be seniors and experts around us. Don’t hesitate to seek their help and guidance. Their suggestions will always be helpful.
- Don’t waste time in perfectionism: When heavy workload is there and deadlines are approaching don’t waste time on a single task reworking and killing the time. Don’t delay the tasks that need to be completed on time. Don’t set own perfection guidelines. Let the client or the manager decide whether the task needs to be more perfect.
- Take Short Breaks: Whenever you feel saturated, take a break to rest and relax. Don’t overburden yourself. Try to take breaks at regular intervals. A short break will boost the energy level and improve the focus.
- Interactions not distractions: Interactions with colleagues at the workplace are always healthy. Keep a self-check on the interactions, whether they are going in a healthy way or they are getting distracted on unnecessary topics. Try to keep other distractions away from your workplace. Make work as the top priority.
- Make a note: Don’t try to remember everything. Make a note of everything. Maintain reminders. Forgetting is common for every human being.
- Audit your work: Always habituate to recheck what you have done, so that if any errors are done could be modified in the initial stage itself.
- Discuss with the boss: Let the boss know the efforts you are putting in the assignment. Always keep him in a loop. When you are unable to complete something in the given time frame discuss with him and take the priorities.
By following and habituating these simple steps we can effectively handle the work stress at the workplace.