How to Tame Work Overwhelm


Coaching for LawyersCommunication and Honesty can Help You Tame Office Overload

All of us feel burdened at work sometimes. Workloads can seem overwhelming, communication problems can be cumbersome, and time constraints can be a real challenge.

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What's worse is we tend to beat ourselves up when we are overwhelmed at work. We're hard on ourselves when we can't deliver - especially when we make promises we can't keep.

But think about it. What if you could tame office overload just by being honest? Instead of playing the victim and complaining about how unfair your life is, explore how you're really feeling by simply telling yourself the truth. Come to terms with the fact that you really can't get everything done. If a project deadline seems unrealistic to you, then stand up and say something about it. Understand that, yes, you are going to disappoint someone. But better that than making yourself distraught over it.

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After you have been honest with yourself about what you can and can not do, it's time to delegate. No, you're not pawning your work off on other people. You are simply seeking help. Find an assistant who would charge a small amount to do some data entry. Or, hire a personal assistant to free up some of your other obligations.

The last and most important tactic for handling workplace overwhelm is communication. You must communicate openly and responsibly. Don't whine or complain. Don't make promises you can't keep. Just state the facts, then ask for a deadline extension or for more help on a project. You must be responsible for helping the boss understand the facts, the priorities and the consequences.

Complaints and excuses will never get you anywhere. Help yourself and those around you by being truthful with yourself and a clear communicator. Doing this will not only make you a happier person, you'll show that you are a problem solver and a leader.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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