You probably don't want to hear it, as you know it all too well already - but you're an overstressed multitasker - and you need to develop some coping strategies fast!
An overstressed multitasker
No matter how hard you try, you're not making the most valuable use of your time which can lead to stressful days and nights.
First, take a deep breath. Feeling stressed is detrimental to your health and will prevent you from working to your full potential.
Next - it's time to get some new thinking in place to help you deal with your mountainous workload.
It’s understandable that when you're trying to impress you might feel pressured to take on every task going, but if you overburden yourself you’ll only struggle and could end up looking bad in front of your boss.
Life and corporate coach Sue Belton says: “Have a focused strategy in terms of tasks and break everything down into manageable chunks.”
“Have a timeslot for certain tasks, to prevent from feeling overwhelmed and prioritize your to-do list.”
She recommends using sticky notes, which you can write lists on and then throw away once you’ve completed the task. Another important thing when multitasking is to set boundaries. If you keep being interrupted, either by work colleagues, your phone or email then it will be difficult to get anything done.
Sue recommends: “Make it clear you can’t talk. Politely tell colleagues that you’re in the middle of something and agree a time later when you will be available.”
“Check emails periodically, but only in-between tasks and if you can put your phone on the ‘do not disturb’ mode.”
Sorting out your day into chunks and not taking on things you know you don't have time for will help you feel more in control - and don't forget to delegate too - lighten your load by trusting tasks to your colleagues. Asking for others to help can make things seem much less stressful.