Tips to Eliminate Overwhelm in the Workplace

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Are you overwhelmed with a massive to-do list at work? Some people are frozen in inaction because they don’t know how to meet all the responsibilities they are facing. Whether you are looking for ways to take control of your daily schedule or you want to empower a team of employees, there are a few things that you can do to reduce overwhelm and improve productivity:

Jim McLaughlin
Transformational Business Coach

Prioritize Your To-Do List

If your to-do list is a mile long, then you might feel like you can never finish everything. Instead of looking at a daunting to-do list, consider prioritizing 3 – 5 tasks to complete each day. People find it easier to experience feelings of success when they break things down and only focus on the important tasks. The other details will fall into place during the day. Try this strategy, and you will likely feel more empowered about the accomplishments of the day.

Plan Time to Have Fun

Breaks are important to maintain employee happiness and satisfaction. Instead of keeping everyone glued to the computer all day, consider the benefits of planning a party or something fun to shake it up. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or go over-the-top. Instead, bring in pizza, set up a game in the break room, or grill some burgers on a sunny day.

Schedule Distraction-Free Work Time

One reason that people often feel overwhelmed is that they are constantly bombarded with distractions that interrupt the flow of work. Emails, chat messages, phone calls, and face-to-face meetings can make it hard to get anything done during the day.

Start each morning with an hour of focused work time that is free of distractions. Or, schedule this time in the afternoon if it is better for your work flow. Figure out the best time of day for your focused work time, and stick to the schedule consistently.

Bring in a Business Coach

There are times when professional recommendations can be a valuable way to overcome common roadblocks in the workplace. Hiring a business coach can be a great strategy to break free of these common problems and maximize productivity going forward. For more information, Talk to Jim McLaughlin about Leadership Development for Business Owners and Managers: (951) 225-2179