Do you have a hard time finding ways to handle work overload? The workplace is a haven for some, and a heck of a nightmare for others. I’ve been in jobs that left me frazzled with fretfulness, and overwhelmed with work overload. This isn’t what life is about and there are ways to handle work overload without just up and quitting your job. Implement some of these tips this week, and see how things go. Most likely, you’ll notice huge improvements, and won’t dread seeing Monday on the calendar as much anymore.
1. Get up Early
If you’re always running late, and scurrying out of bed each morning, you’re missing out on one of the best ways to handle work overload. Getting up early ensures that you get a head start on the day and gives you time to relieve some stress through exercise. You would be surprised how 30 minutes of exercise each morning can help you cope with stress throughout the whole day. It also gives you a little time to yourself and gets your metabolism started.
2. Eat Breakfast
Don’t head to work on an empty stomach. After that little workout each morning, have something with protein, healthy carbs, and a little fat. Your body needs healthy sources of steady fuel to handle stress. When work overload comes and your body is crying out for energy from food, you don’t handle stress as well. Think about it - if your body is already physically stressed, your mind can’t help but be either. Give your body the right fuel each morning, which is not in the form of a donut and sugar-laden coffee.
3. Make a Schedule
My second year in college, I used to get up at 4 a.m., head to class at 6 a.m. until 8 a.m., then to work at 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., hit the gym until 6:30 p.m., and go back to night school from 7-8;30 p.m. That was the hardest schedule I’ve ever had in my life, but had I not actually made a schedule, there’s no way I could have done it. Yes, I was tired, but having a routine that held me accountable, actually became normal. Sure, I had to live out of my car most of the day, but I did it, and managed to live through it. There’s no way I could have handled that overload without a set schedule. Make one, and stick to it!
4. Be Honest
You need to be honest with yourself and your boss. If there’s too much going on and you don’t feel like you can do a good job with the overload of work you have, then tell your boss. You also need to be realistic with yourself. If you can’t do it all, that’s okay. Sometimes we’re too eager and bite off more than we can chew. This is an easy mistake to avoid, but also an easy one to fix. Be honest with yourself and your boss. They’ll thank you for it and so will your stress level.
Why do we feel so guilty resting? I know being lazy is bad, but when your body needs to rest, please let it! Resting can help you handle stress much more efficiently mentally, and help your body learn to cope with stress better physically.
6. Don’t over Stimulate
When you’re caught up in the work day and just trying to power through whatever it takes, you might be tempted to reach for a few more coffees. Don’t do that, my dear! Over stimulating yourself through caffeine like coffee and energy drinks or sodas will cause you to crash later. Over time, this leads to adrenal fatigue, which can make you less able to handle stress even further. It can even make you sick! Fuel up with healthy foods, water, and herbal tea. I know it sounds boring, but you’ll handle stress much better this way than overstimulating.
7. Have a Healthy Outlet
Another way to handle work overload is to have a healthy outlet. Never let work become your life. Whether this is a nightly dinner with your family, church, a hobby, exercising, dinners with friends, etc., be sure you have an outlet to normalize your life and make it less stressful.
The key to handling work overload is to add variables that add balance to your life. Do you have any helpful tips for how you do this?