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#50 What to Do When You’re Overwhelmed With Your Workload
The 360 Leadhership Podcast, Episode 50, 07 December 2022 by Lucy Gernon
Are you feeling overwhelmed with your workload?
Becoming overwhelmed and stressed over workload is something that a lot of women leaders struggle with, especially in the corporate world. There are so many demands on you as a leader, many different deadlines, team needs and KPI’s to hit. There are so many plates spinning in the air at once, and of course to top it all off, many unforeseen problems pop up daily.
It feels like you will never ever get to the end of that to-do list, right? This is why workload management is so important.
Unsustainable workloads are one of the top factors contributing to the Great Resignation according to a new survey by consulting firm McKinsey & Company. So it is safe to say you are not alone.
A lot of women, especially those who lead a team, tend to take on too much. They get up early to get a head start, they stay late to finish off tasks that just NEED to get done. They work on their breaks or weekends because their workload is just too much.
This leads to you having no time to switch off and rejuvenate which is so important in order to be on your A game. Being under pressure and stressed leads to mistakes, which leads to frustration and burnout. It is a domino effect of negative behaviours.
Sometimes, in life and in work, things don’t go to plan. Deadlines have to be pushed out, KPIs don’t get hit, but believe it or not – this is okay. You can’t do it all and it’s not your fault if you have too much on your plate. But it is up to you to be strategic and productive.
The good news is, workload overwhelm can be fixed.
In today’s episode, I’m going to be sharing five things that I always do when I’m struggling with my workload.
The episode at a glance:
[07:33] The most important thing you must STOP doing right now
[09:39] How to prioritise effectively when things get too much
[10:40] How to set yourself up for success
[12:47] A simple hack to shift from overwhelm to achievement in an instant
[14:16] The quickest way to feel more in control and calm
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