Feeling pressure to complete all the items on your to-do list?
No doubt, it can be highly fulfilling to stay busy with our personal and professional pursuits. But when we find ourselves face-to-face with a full schedule, we run the risk of becoming fatigued. Or, worse, overwhelmed.
How can you manage a full workload and accomplish your goals, all without losing steam (or your cool)?
You will help yourself tackle a full to-do list if you:
Organize Your Time.
Plan your day ahead of time. Use a scheduling resource. Some people prefer paper planners and calendars. Many prefer digital tools, and others decide to stay organized with the help of both! Whatever you do, don’t multitask. Tackle similar tasks during designated times of your day. When you focus on one thing at a time, you are enabling your brain to use its full problem-solving power. Switching between tasks can leave a “mental residue” that reduces your ability to focus and control your stress levels. Even if you have a lot to do, take your day one step at a time. When you overload your mind or rush through tasks, you also increase your likelihood of making mistakes!
Prioritize What Counts.
Assess your short- and long-term goals. Reflect on which tasks and achievements align the most with your values and plans for your future. Taking time to reflect is an important step in identifying which parts of your to-do list should get your attention first. For example, after assessing your goals, you may realize you want to prioritize working and saving more each week in order to make meaningful progress toward your retirement goals.
Learn to Share & Say No.
If you feel overwhelmed, it may be a sign you would benefit from assistance. Reach out to someone you trust who could help you tackle some of your projects or responsibilities. Your mentor can help you identify moments where you might benefit from saying no, instead of adding another item to an already full schedule.
Everyone needs time to recover from their hard work. Make sure you give yourself adequate time to recharge both mentally and physically each week. Spending time with your mentor and your support network is an excellent way to replenish your energy and build productive momentum!
Find more ways to manage a full schedule at the Syncis Money Blog today.