How To Reduce Overwhelm
It happens to the best of us. We may bite off more than we can chew, or we find ourselves anticipating big projects. Whatever the case may be, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed at first. However, don’t make overwhelm a habit, and definitely don’t accept it as a good things. Instead, try these tactics to help reduce and get rid of overwhelm once and for all:
One Task At A Time
It’s funny how often being a multi-tasker is regarded as a positive skill. Of course, it can be, when executed correctly. However, it seems much more beneficial to handle one task at a time in an efficient manner, so that you can move on to more tasks. No need to start several projects at once without finishing them for a longer period of time. If you’re having trouble picking a task to focus on, pre-plan by prioritizing your to-do items.
Communicate, Ask Questions
Are you overwhelmed because you’re doing something new? Maybe you’re at a new office, or have to learn a new skill for a project. Good offices will understand that this can be daunting, and will make sure to lay out instructions clearly. If they’re not clear, always ask for clarifications. Or, look at the tasks at hand and figure out how to organize your action steps according to a work “system” that best suits you.
Don’t Anticipate Work More Than Actually Working
Sometimes, overwhelm is a result of sheer anxiety. Maybe you have more than enough time to finish a project, but you’re intimidated by the pressure put on it. Instead of spending time stressing, make a game plan. Don’t take more time stressing than you do working on something. The stress isn’t necessary. Doing the work will make you feel more confident. It’ll also help to just take action!
Strategic “Yes” and “No”
One of the most important things to learn in your professional life and in life in general is to know your boundaries. How do you work best? How much can you handle while producing quality work? What are you bad habits? What are your strengths? These questions so help you decide whether you should say “yes” or “no”. Take some time to recognize your personal work strategy and plan accordingly.