A heavy workload can be crippling to productivity at work and at home. The stress associated with having a workload that is more than you can handle can result in increased sick days and irritability. Having a successful workload management is important to create a work-life balance and overall job satisfaction.
Some of the symptoms of having a heavy workload include working longer hours, feeling stressed and overwhelmed, constantly on the go, dreading going to work, making frequent mistakes, and being burned out.
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In order to address a heavy workload, you have to understand your organization’s strategy and vision. The tasks that add value to the team should be completed first. Compile a list of your tasks and their corresponding deadlines. Determine which tasks you can do alone and which require help. Start working on the most urgent items, letting your manager know if you can’t keep up. You may learn that there are steps someone else isn’t taking that could lessen your load or make it at least go more smoothly.
Organization is crucial to being able to stay on top of a big workload. Keep your desk area organized and other areas of your life as well to keep a sense of order. Ultimately, you can’t be afraid to say “no” if you are not able to handle another task or project. Be careful not to say “no” to important tasks or say “no” all the time.
If you do everything in your power to reduce the stress and size of your workload but nothing changes, look for a new position in another department of the company or consider looking for a new position somewhere else.
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