Chances are, if you're in a professional job, your workload will get really heavy at times. When this happens, you don't have to feel like you're trapped under an overwhelming pile of tasks and to do lists. You have the choice and the power to speak truth to yourself so that you can strive to accomplish big things at work.
Below are a few pointers to help you come through the crazy, busy times without experiencing burnout:
1. Keep a Positive Outlook
Allowing yourself to think about the difficulty or unfairness of your situation accomplishes nothing. You simply can't afford taking the time to dwell on thoughts that leave you feeling powerless or resentful. Put your effort into solving each problem and make sure your thinking is action-oriented.
2. Don't Engage in Fruitless Conversation
If your conversations or meetings are not directed at keeping you on task and on moving in a positive direction, cut them out. Your time is too valuable to be caught up in complaining or engaging in the blame game. Use your time to brainstorm solutions instead.
3. Put First Things First
Make sure you know your priorities so that you can stay focused on the task. When you're busy, you may be presented with opportunities and potential commitments that you just can't fit into your loaded schedule. When something new comes across your desk, evaluate it's importance in light of your goals and priorities. Don't be afraid to say no up front. Otherwise, you may add stress to your already packed life, and you'll risk letting people down if you don't have enough time to fulfill those obligations.
4. Get Your Rest
You may think that staying up late to get more done will put you further ahead, but the opposite is true. Shorting yourself on sleep is counterproductive. When you make sure to get plenty of rest, you'll be more alert and able to accomplish more. The reality is that when you're tired, it will take much longer to your work done, and you'll be more prone to make costly or time-consuming mistakes.
5. Remember to Share
Sometimes when you're really busy, it's easy to believe that you have to get it all done yourself. When you have the ability to delegate tasks, do it. You may find that people relish the opportunity to step up to the plate and show you what they can do when you come to them with powerful requests. Not only that, but you'll be able to capitalize on the strengths of others and free yourself to focus on the things you do best.
6. Schedule Time to Recharge
You are not a machine. When you have to go through the schedule gauntlet, make sure you plan some time to help you regain your balance. Whether you schedule a short trip, a spa day, or a day at the gym, you need to take time just for you after a busy season. If you try to press from one task to another without coming up for a breath, sooner or later you'll burn out.
7. Aim for Sustainability
Work was not meant to be a series of never-ending sprints. If you want to be productive over the long haul, you need a consistently sustainable work load. There may be seasons of intensity, but they should only last for a short time. When your schedule seems to be consistently overloaded, it's time to talk with people who can help you make some changes.
8. Keep Calm and Carry On
When your workload threatens to become overwhelming, remember to keep the right frame of mind. You can control your outlook and stay positive. By seeing your schedule as an opportunity to shine, you'll be able to remain focused and calm. If the job seems too big, make powerful requests of others to get valuable support.