How to deal with an overwhelming workload

Being busy at work is usually a good thing, it means you have plenty to get on with and the days tend to pass faster which is always a bonus!

But what about if you're completely snowed under?

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That's when problems can start to surface.

Here, psychologist Sam Owen shares her tips to help you successfully manage your workload, with planning tips and techniques to get your decision-making right from the outset.

Plan each day

Instead of planning your day first thing each morning, get ahead of yourself and do it the previous evening, before you leave work. This way you'll start each day with a good idea of what needs to be done without having to worry you're forgetting something. A daily to-do list can help you get back on track when you have unplanned distractions.

Limit your time and avoid perfectionism

Complete each task within a reasonable time frame. As soon as you start spending too much time on one task, everything else on your list will get pushed behind too, confusing your schedule. Keep an eye on the clock and set yourself mental deadlines.

Make the most of your mind

The brain has a diminished capacity for decision making if we have to make a lot of decisions in a short space of time. Plan in advance what needs to be done when in order to complete the tasks on your list.

Be organised

Organisation is key so help yourself to achieve as much as possible so your manager knows that you're worth investing in.

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