We are all familiar with the work-life, battle.
It has it's up's and downs. The up's are usually promotions, great work recognition's and so on. The down's are usually, let's face it. More work. What I mean by that is when you have so much work, you cant enjoy your job, you simply feel too overwhelmed.
This blog is for the downs.
Here are the best survival tactics, for your overwhelming workload.
1. Try the before holiday rule
Think of how productive you are the day before your holiday. It's like a Terminator sequel, and nothing is getting between you and those tasks on your list. You only have one day to get through your giant to-do list and, to those not taking an early flight the following morning, it looks impossible. But you, always manage to get it done. Why? It's because you apply your absolutely ruthless mentality, against the knowledge that you have only have the present day to complete your tasks and you have the perfect ingredients for prime motivation and productivity. So, the next time your workload is totally overwhelming, apply the before holiday rule and maximise your time.
2. Make yourself un-interruptable
This means, protect your time from your children, boss and even yourself. Before you think of an aimless scroll on social media or having a good old chin-wag with your best friend - remember that you have put in place the very important rule of being un-interruptable and you cannot break the honour of this rule. Set a time limit for your un-interruptable time and stick to it, like your life depends on it. Do your most burdonsome tasks, during this golden hour and feel the endorphins rush through your brain when it ends - as you relish in the satisfiaciton of ticking important tasks, off your to-do list.
3. Make a won't do list for your busiest days
Whilst, at first glance, this seems counterintuitive. Why on earth would you waste your precious time writing a list of things you won't do? Well, because it's actually incredibly helpful. A won't do list, is a list of things you won't do because they hinder your productivity. This can be anything you perceive to be a bad procrastination habit, to asking your partner or colleague to support with a few personal/professional tasks, respectively. It keeps your day in check and helps you to get your work done.
4. Prepare the night before
You will be surprised, about how much time you waste, figuring out where to start with your overwhelming workload. If you prepare your day the night before, you can crack on straight away. You also will wake up significantly less stressed, if you know how you are going to attack a busy day. Preparation is key, for everything work-related.
5. Become a morning person
Did you know that the most successful add an extra hour to their day, by waking up earlier. Think about how much you could do in this extra hour when everyone else is busy, sleeping. If you're not a morning person and feel frequently that you are faced with an overwhelming workload, it's advisable to try to become a morning person. Set your alarm an hour earlier and see how much less stressed you feel. What harm will one week do? In fact, I suggest none at all, instead you will find huge productivity benefits.