We all get overwhelmed and stressed from time to time. In order to not have long lasting negative effects from these feelings, you have to learn how to fight off and reduce overwhelm. These 3 tips will help you tackle any crazy work day or long to-do list.
I am not a medical professional, so if you are regularly feeling overwhelmed in your day-to-day life I would suggest contacting a professional. Otherwise, I do hope my tips can come in handy to fight off the occasional feelings of stress and overwhelm.
3 Tips to Deal With Work Stress and Overwhelm
Choose Your Top 3
Identify the 3 most important items that you must get done. Three is a manageable number and so much less overwhelming to begin with. Most of us have a to-do list that’s a mile long, but in order to cut through the unnecessary work and make some real progress it’s necessary to start determining your top 3 must-do, most-important, most beneficial in the long run items. And then start with those.
A normal work day for me would include a full page of to-do’s but I often identify and focus on my top 3 most important items to make sure I’m using my time most effectively. I work in social media for a corporate company and an example of my top 3 would be finishing the content calendar because multiple other teams rely on it, completing creative briefs so that we have content for the social calendar and putting together a report of successful campaigns to share with leadership. Other items like responding to the barrage of emails, or things I’d “like to do” can wait when I am short on time.
Start Small to Gain Momentum
After breaking down your to-do list into your 3 most important projects, start listing the tasks to complete each one. Then begin tackling some of the tasks. Starting small like this will help you scratch off some of the to-do items and help you gain momentum. Hopefully at this point the feeling of being overwhelmed is starting to wane.
Give Yourself Deadlines
Additionally, give yourself some hard deadlines. Having a deadline to work against will get you motivated instead of overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. With a deadline, you’ll know to just start. And the deadline will allow you to stop and step away from your work. This will help you fight burnout and allow you to come back to your work after a break.
What tips do you use when feeling overwhelmed? Leave a note below to share!