Workload shifts and moves many different directions
throughout a year. How do you handle those ups and downs that could be the
differentiator between establishing yourself to go to the next level and
drowning in your own to-dos? It you can start to envision the balance between
you and your work, it may allow you to avoid the dreaded burnout and find the
peace of mind that you have been searching for.
Plan to Prioritize
What do your methods look like for prioritizing your
assignments? How do you differentiate between the "needs to get done asap tasks”
and the "does not need to be done until the end of the year tasks?” No matter what
your process is, it is vital that you start breaking down your items in a more
realistic and specific way to get moving through your workload.When
prioritizing your items for a specific day, try to determine the single item
that needs to be the number one priority for that day. At the end of the day
this one item is an essential task. It needs to be complete or for some long-term
projects at least started. This should help you in determining the things you
know you will need to focus on and get done first. Remember, although all items
might seem important, it is necessary to realize what level of importance they
fall into. Are they important to just you and your goals? Are they important to
the goals of someone else you work with? Are they important to building
revenue? Are they based off a deadline? Try to really think about the
difference and where they should fall in your priority list for that day. With
a little planning and prioritization on a daily and weekly basis all items will
get done, but in a more efficient and effective way.
to Say No
We can all sometimes be a ‘yes man.’ We want to be able to do
everything and take on any responsibility that is thrown at us. In the past
most of us have said yes to everything when it came to our careers. We said yes
to this project and this favor and the end result was of course our growing
workload. We went about our days and eventually the workload would get under
control and you always made it out fine. Fast forward to when you said yes
again only to make the heavy workload reappear.
I have (slowly) learned that sometimes being a "no man” can help benefit
your career verse hurt it.
the project that you were just offered. Does the project help you and your career
grow in value? Did someone ask you to do that project because of the value you
would give it? Or did they ask you because they know you would say yes and do
it anyway? By saying no sometimes, it can increase the overall value of those
things we do say yes to. Think about that project and determine what type of
focus you can and want to give it. Does it move you or give you passion? Does
it make you happy to work on it? Can you give it the attention it deserves?
what the benefits are of saying no in certain situations and knowing the right
way to say it, no does have the possibility of working you towards a successful
Others Unique Abilities
Your co-workers can be a fundamental part of helping you
balance a full workload. By using their unique abilities you can come into
contact with a whole other set of experiences, expertise and knowledge that can
be applied to your projects and tasks. Not being afraid to reach out to them is
the key. For some of your to-dos, having that extra hand or resource could be
the difference between you getting the job done and coming up short on that assignment.
When you can recognize the need for help when you are extremely busy, you can
see that the expertise of other people within your firm can help you move
through and get out from underneath many of your daunting tasks.
Sometimes the simplest balance tip to take a break from a
stressful assignment or work load is to just breathe. Take five minutes and
focus on something else that won’t elevate where you are already at. Take a
moment and walk around your office and enjoy the break of a bit of exercise and
fresh air. It is important to realize that another part of balance is also
including in some of those "life things” that can calm you down and bring you
back to the center.