Overloaded and stressed?

New to working from home and feeling overwhelmed and stressed? Many of us are struggling with finding the right balance between work and family which lead to extreme pressure and stress.

When you are feeling overwhelmed with working from home, it is important to find out why you feel this way. Do you have too many tasks, or feel there are too few hours in the day? Or are there too many distractions which keep you from focusing on your work? Feeling overwhelmed is actually a stress response when we feel the demand on us outweighs our resources, and it leads to being distracted and unproductive. Once we understand what triggers the stress, we can perhaps understand why that is and we can develop methods to avoid them.

Here are a few key methods to cope with work overload.

1. Good Time Management

When working from home, it's more important than ever to practise effective time management. Good time management requires an important shift in focus from activities to results. Spending your day running around to work on a to-do list which is impossible to work through often achieves less, because you’re dividing your attention between so many different tasks. Good time management lets you work smarter – not harder – so you get more done in less time. So focus on your priorities, schedule time slots for certain tasks, stop multitasking and take some breaks in between to clear your head.

2. Work with To-do lists

Write down all the tasks you have to do and rate them A, B and C, where A is top priority, B is important but at a later date and C is the least important task without any time limit. Once you've done that, work through the tasks on your list one by one, concentrating on the tasks marked with A first. Making a list can also help you realise that you have too much to do and you don’t even have enough time to work on all your tasks marked with an A. If that's the case, concentrate on the next steps.

3. Delegate and learn to let go

Sometimes it is impossible to achieve everything on your own. Try to lighten your workload by delegating small tasks to others, this could be work colleagues or even family members who are willing to help you out. In case there is nobody else able to support you, well than there is no other way than to learn to let go. If your workload is too high, taking on even more tasks could mean you won't be able to complete your priority tasks to a high enough standard. Stop and think before you agree to take on any new tasks or if it would be possible to postpone or let go any of your less important tasks.

4. Eliminate bad work habits

During the day we tend to focus our attention on lots of little things which may add up to a major waste of our time, such as reading junk email, surfing the internet and checking out the latest messages on social media. Delete junk mail straight away, set a time limit for surfing the internet and set your phone on silence so that you are not getting distracted by each incoming message from Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest. You will soon see how much time these little actions can save you.

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