Workload Solutions

Having a workload that is too heavy can cause a huge amount of stress. There are four key points to help find a solution to this problem. Try using one, or a combination of them to find a solution that works for you:

Practicing and honing in on your capacity to bounce back from exhaustion and stress in the workplace, important in avoiding ongoing exhaustion and frustration at work.

How to Get It:
Extended vacations, personal days, five minute mental re-charging sessions throughout the day, and taking the time to acknowledge daily issues and moving on will all help you with your resiliency in the workplace.

Uninterrupted time
Designating a period of time just for you to clear your head and catch up on little tasks that build up.

How to Do It:
Some individuals have a hard time even doing this small thing. But you have to be adamant about this little period of time to yourself if you want to improve your feelings of an unmanageable workload. Maybe it’s first thing in the morning, maybe it’s half an hour at the end of your shift, or maybe you break it up into two ten minute periods. Put a sign on your door and make it clear that you are not to be disturbed during this time. Protect your time!

Improved time management
Having a huge workload is difficult, but having the appropriate time management skills can help turn an endless burden of work into something doable.

How to Do It:

  • Planners
  • Agendas
  • Online Calendars
  • Reminders programmed into cell phones/blackberries
  • Lack of distractions around you
  • A combination of planners to remind you of important meetings and appointments

Planning out commitments carefully allows you to see where your “free” time is, which then gives you time to complete other work. Planning things out and writing them down is also an effective tool as it makes that pile of work on your desk look less daunting.

Reducing workload
Maybe you think that your workload is fair, but you just can’t ever seem to finish on time. This could be an issue with your position itself, or you could be having organization/time management difficulties. However, if your workload consistently never seems to dwindle, something is wrong.

How to Do It:
Talk to a supervisor about how you feel; if possible, come to the meeting with potential solutions. Talk about possibilities of hiring a student, an assistant, or just getting someone from another area to help you out for a few hours a week. Anything to reduce your workload should help you to feel more at clear-headed and more capable to do the work you really need to get done.

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