Tips for tackling the projects on your plate

The key to coping with a heavy workload

The nature of business and staff numbers can change and fluctuate over the course of a year. For example, staff holidays and seasonal influences can increase your workload and you may find your to-do list growing without having the necessary help. Here are some tips for managing the extra work.

Get on the same page

Touch base with your boss to ensure the projects you’re working on align with their priorities. You may find, for example, that some of the assignments on your plate can be moved to the back burner. At the same time, you can talk to your manager about the resources you need to complete the most pressing tasks.

Try teamwork

Seek input from co-workers on the best course of action when you’re confronted with a difficult or unknown situation. Having trouble creating a macro in Excel? Chances are, someone on the team has the experience to help you out, saving you time and frustration.

Focus on solutions

Direct your energy toward situations where you can affect the outcome, and don’t spend time fretting about what you cannot control. You may not be able to move a tight deadline, but you can ask your supervisor to take a project off your plate, at least temporarily, so you can tackle the immediate need.

Be prepared

Use downtime in between projects to prepare for the next spike. Organise your files and determine what resources you might need going forward. This will increase your efficiency and allow you to be more productive.

Take a time-out

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by even small setbacks when you’re juggling a multitude of tasks. If you’re under fire, step back before you react so you can quickly assess the situation and come up with an action plan.

Tight deadlines and large workloads can bring out the best or worst in people. Use the tips above to demonstrate your grace under fire and show your boss you can tackle any challenge that comes your way.

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