How you can stop feeling overwhelmed at work

In this video Dr Mike Clayton explains, in 7 simple steps, how you can stop feeling overwhelmed at work. I first came across Clayton when I took his Udemy course, Practical Time Management.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, Clayton suggests you take the following steps:

  1. List all of the things you think you need to do.
  2. Cross your least important items off the list.
  3. Transfer anything that can wait 24 hours or longer to tomorrow’s list.
  4. Mark anything that can be done in 5 minutes or less with an asterisk.
  5. Work on as many of those ‘5 minute tasks’ as you can until they’re done.
  6. Take a break, while you think about your next big task.
  7. Spend 40 minutes working on your next big task. After that, take a 15 minute break.

Try this method next time you are feeling overwhelmed at work. Remember, overload refers to the workload coming your way. Overwhelm is a feeling, which can be managed.

I have used some of Clayton’s above tips when I am feeling overwhelmed at work. It helped me feel back in control of my time. So, give it a try and maybe it can do the same for you.

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