If it’s not one thing, it’s another! People going on vacation, conventions that wreak havoc on daily tasks, holidays – and probably a dozen other disruptions that can screw up your rhythm at work; the ebbs and flows of the workplace. Instead of going crazy and getting frustrated, it’s critical to maintain focus and manage your energy level to stay at your most productive best. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Deal with it. There is no reason to resist the inevitable and wish that you weren’t having to deal with colleagues out sick or an extra curve ball your manager adds to your to-do list. The more you fight it, the more energy you uselessly drain. Acknowledge the reality of your situation, and then take clear action to deal with the matter.
Retain Your Perspective. You don’t want to adopt a victim mentality, but you do have control over what impacts your functionality. Keep focused on the one or two items that are most critical and don’t be afraid to say “no” if an additional workload will throw you off course. That being said, you are part of a team, so rationally decide if you have the time and capacity to take on requests due to unforeseen events within the organization.
Consider All Options. Do you need to renegotiate deadlines in order to absorb additional workload requirements? Being up front with colleagues and collaborators might buy you the time you need to finish a task that was newly assigned to you. Perhaps you need to ask for help from a friend or neighbor to pick up your kids after school or ask someone to step in for you at an event you were planning to attend. Look, life happens, and when it does you need to take a deep breath and look at what options you have available in order to take on extra workload.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up. It’s real easy during a work crunch to beat yourself up, especially if you think you won’t be able to make deadlines or the finished product might suffer. But handling stress begins and ends with your ability to separate the situation from emotional baggage. It’s okay to feel stress – everyone does – but don’t internalize it and blame yourself for life happening around you.
Stay Healthy. Nothing is worse than taking on extra work, forgoing your regular exercise regime and/or not eating healthy. Extra tasks and work crunch times eat up time, but it shouldn’t eat up the time you devote to maintaining a healthy life. Stay healthy, because you’ll need all the energy you can muster to get through a few tough days of work grind.