11 tactics fighting too much work and too little time
Are you feeling stressed out because you are overcommitted? Does your manager not pick up on the clues that you are at the brink of a work burn out? This can happen when you are totally over committed with work and you think you just do not have any time to cram any more into your schedule. You may even feel powerless because you have no other options. This feels very uncomfortable and your work and health may eventually suffer. Here are some ways helping fight this phenomenon.
- Prioritize: What is really important? Make sure that you only do the tasks you really need to do. Be rigorous about the stuff that you decide to pay attention to. Resist accepting tasks that are not really yours even if they appear to be easy to do. See the next point.
- Delegation: How much of the work you do should really be done by others who are perhaps even more qualified, or have more time to do this?
- Vigilance: Be vigilant about having a clear task scope, having a clear time line, and also a firm commitment between the person who issues the task and you.
- Candor: How candid have you been with yourself? How candid have you been with your boss? Only when you share how you feel and what would happen if nothing happens will you pave the way for lasting change.
- Advocate for yourself: Make certain that you go back to your boss and share how overcommitted you are. Ponder ways how to mitigate the situation and have those solutions handy for your conversation with your boss. You get what you tolerate.
- Identification: What is really behind the definition of “I do not have time”? Do you not have the time, or you are just not making the time?
- Planning ahead: Interestingly enough, half of your issues may just be due to not planning ahead enough. Make the important things a priority and they will happen as long as you allowed the time for it.
- Preparation: Prepare your fiercest issues well before you take them to the key stake holders. The better prepared you are, the greater the chance that you will be able to do what you want to do and thus get more wiggle room for doing the things that you really want to do. Those are the ones that give you energy rather than help draining it.
- Do not wait for a miracle: Do something about your situation. Think about how you would like for things to work out for you and start delivering results. You will get noticed.
- Subscribe to the 5 minute rule: First thing every morning start tasks that you have procrastinated for a while. Promise yourself that you will spend 5 minutes working on it. Most projects will take less than 3 minutes – promised.
When you really think about it, there are many ways of dealing with over-commitment on your part. Try giving one of the 11 tactics a try and provide me/ us with some feedback below in the comment section. If I can do this, so can you. All you have to do is making the decision to start and then actually deliver on this promise.