Five ways to feel less overwhelmed

April 10, 2019
Jeff Davidson

In this day and age, no matter how well you plan your day or efficiently execute your tasks, things can go awry.

It happens suddenly. You're accomplishing great things, and then suddenly, you're hit with too much too quickly.  

In this day and age, no matter how well you plan your day or efficiently execute your tasks, things can go awry. So, what can you do when you feel overwhelmed? Here are some ideas:

1) Recognize and accept that situations are bound to arise that will throw you off kilter.

Your mere awareness and anticipation of the unexpected will serve you well. Don't be the office worker who proceeds merrily, plowing through this obstacle and that, but has not cognitively accepted that challenges can arrive out of the blue.

2) Build some slack into your schedule.

Where is it written that you can't have a time slot with nothing scheduled for that time? Having open stretches throughout your work week allows you more time to deal with unexpected challenges as they arise. 

3) Identify the resources and support you can draw upon.

Who can give you a few gems of wisdom that will propel your efforts? Who else has gone down this path? Who's an expert of the software? You want to know these answers in advance so that when you do find yourself in a high-pressure situation, you can readily draw upon such resources.

4) Prioritize your work.

If you're hit with multiple things simultaneously competing for your attention, where do you turn first? Your mission is to handle the highest priority task first, then turn to the second highest priority task, and so on. Any other way of proceeding is not going to be as effective.

5) Get a good night’s rest.

Sleep is one of the magical elixirs that help you to handle the rigors of the day. A well-rested you is a more productive you. So, jump into bed by a reasonable hour.

Jeff Davidson is "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" and a thought leader on work-life balance issues. He speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the work-life balance of their people. Visit breathingspace.com for more information.