Avoiding Stress at Work: Prioritizing and Delegating Your Workload
If you have a consistently high workload or you are going through a busy period, learning to prioritize and delegate large workloads should be high on your list of strategies when it comes to meeting strict deadlines and producing good quality work.
Being overworked is one of the most common causes of stress in the workplace and also one of the easiest sources of stress to avoid. The key to dealing with high workloads consists of a dual approach; these being prioritization and delegation.
Learning to Prioritize your Workload
The first thing you should do when faced with a large workload is to prioritize and one of the best ways of doing this is by writing a list, starting with the most important and working backwards from there, a good place to start could be with deadlines. Surprisingly enough you will probably find that once you have made a list of tasks to complete, you will realise that your workload was significantly smaller than you originally imagined, but even if it’s not, having an organised list of priorities provides a logical and practical starting point for getting things done.
Organisation, Delegation and Virtual Assistant Services
The first thing you need to do once you’ve set out your list of tasks is to work out if you have enough time to do everything you need to do. Depending on how much work you have to get through, it may be well worth getting some outside help by delegating to either another member of your team or a secretary. If neither is available perhaps you could consider outsourcing to a virtual assistant service on online assistant. This will ensure that you meet all the required deadlines and finish your work at a high standard. Whatever you decide, organising your time properly is key to getting the results you want, so make sure you are realistic about what you can do and delegate what you can’t.
By organising, prioritizing and delegating your workload, you will find that you get things done more quickly, more efficiently and with minimal stress. Taking this approach will allow you to enjoy the time you spend at work and your free time, without the constant nagging feeling you get from the pressures of a high workload.
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