What to do when feeling overwhelmed at work

So you’ve survived a downsizing and are still unhappy. That’s because with fewer employees to help, you’re left holding the bag with  too much to do at work and feel overhelmed. Now you understand what the term “lean and mean” really means.

Why are you overwhelmed from being overworked? You are one of an insufficient staff left behind who is expected to turn out the same amount of work as you did before the downsizing occurred. The situation makes you feel like you’ve lost control. And you have.

Here’s the good news. You can regain some of the control you lost. And noticing the the feelings of being out of control is the key to regaining it.

When overworked, take time for you

Being overworked at work is out of your control. So you just need to do your bestfrom 9 to 5. Suck it up!

However, personal fulfillment you get from doing activities you can control outside of work gives you work/life balance. This means scheduling time—especially on weekends—to perform activities that turn you on.

Outside activities in which to participate depends on your interests. Tennis anyone? How about a round of golf, listening to music, taking yoga classes, or learning to play chess online.

Participating in outside activities you control  widens your focus on life. To be narrowly focused on anything, especially work activities, is what causes stress. Widening your focus to include activities you control also gives you the mental balance and perspective needed to perform your job more effectively.

So feeling overwhelmed at work is a wake up all to add a personal activitiy to your weekly task list. It’s a great way to reduce stress when feeling overworked.

This is all part of “taking care of nunmber one,” the title of one of the chapters in my book “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.” Whether you feel stressed looking for work or doing your job, this chapter gives you lots of one-minute tips on how to gain control of your work and personal life. The book shows you in one-minute segments how to find a job and manage your career while coping with the hassles of it all.  FOLLOW THIS LINK for information about Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.

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Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of yourcareerservice.com. For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.