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