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How to Manage a Heavy Workload

How to Manage a Heavy Workload 

Many of us have a tendency to think we can do more than we are capable of. We take on more and more projects and responsibility expecting to manage all effectively which can sometimes be overwhelming. Here are some tips from us here at OA to help you manage a heavy workload at work!

1. Acknowledge You Can’t Do It All

We all have the opportunity to have and take on more work than we can reasonably expect to get done. Unfortunately, our workload is not fixed and will increase. While you are reading this article your inbox may be filling up with fresh new tasks.

To make real, effective progress, you have to have both the courage and resourcefulness to say, “This is not working”. Acknowledge that you can’t do it all and look for better solutions.

At any given time in your life, there are likely many things that aren’t going according to plan. You have to be willing to be honest with yourself and those around you about what’s not working for you, both personally and professionally.

2. Focus on Your Unique Strengths

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a leader or working as part of a team, every individual has unique strengths they can bring to the table.

The challenge is that many people end up doing things that they’re simply not very good at.

In the pursuit of reaching your goals or delivering a project, people end up doing everything themselves or taking on things that don’t play to their unique strengths. This can result in frustration, overwhelm and overwork.

It can mean projects taking a lot longer to complete because of knowledge gaps, or simply not utilizing the unique strengths of other people you work with.

Think about how you can bring the biggest value to your work and the projects you undertake.   


3. Make a list of all that needs to be done at the start:

Prior to actually working on any one of your tasks at hand, it is advisable that you actually make a list of all that needs to be done, right at the onset. Once you know exactly what has to be done, then you can make a proper time table.

Being organized in your manner of working is something that can save you a lot of time in the long run. What many people do not understand is that putting their stationary in order and keeping the files back in their place is something that can prove highly effective in shaving off some precious moments when you are trying to get a lot of things done.

4. Take breaks when you have reached your saturation point:

There is only so much a person can take, before he or she buckles under pressure and has a mental, physical or an emotional breakdown. No matter how strong you think that you are, or how badly you wish to rise in your life, you should never make the mistake of overworking yourself and not giving your body and mind the rest which it requires to function.


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