Let’s face it, there seems to be a requirement in just about every profession to do more with less. Against this backdrop it is easy to become stressed, deflated and highly unproductive. So what can you do to avoid overwhelm?
Tip 1: Know the priorities
We all have lots of things that we could do but ask yourself, “What is vital to my own and the organisation’s success?” There are probably in any job 3 to 5 key priorities that deliver the bulk of the results. Make a point of discovering what they are.
Tip 2: Set boundaries
It is no use waiting for your boss, your team or someone else to set the boundaries for you. Only you can set the boundaries because only you really understand how far you can push yourself before it becomes counter productive.
Tip 3: Delegate and empower
Sure it gives you a great feeling when the work that you have done gets praised. If you are like most people, there are probably numerous things on your list that you don’t need to be doing. Find out what they are and pass them on to someone else.
Tip 4: Change your mindset
If your mind is focussed on what is not possible, guess what, it’s not. Why? Quite simply, because you have closed your mind to it happening. This does not just apply to work but also just about any success. Unless you believe it is possible, you are always going to face a struggle.
Tip 5: Take control and make choices
What happens or does not happen to you, me or anyone is as a result of the choices that we are making. If you are trying to achieve a better work-life balance and it is a struggle, it means you need to change something to get the result you want.
The Bottom Line
Overwhelm at work ultimately impacts on your performance and the results you deliver. So what choices do you need to act on to achieve more success?
Duncan Brodie helps accountants and professionals achieve more success in their careers by helping them to become highly effective leaders and managers. He invites you to check out some of his free resources here
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.