Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: Your Route to the Top - Work Overload

Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: Your Route to the Top - Work Overload

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Stop and think. It's easy to panic and launch yourself at the task without considering the most sensible course of action. A few moments' reflection and planning pay off.

Break the situation down into chunks. Picturing the whole task makes it look terrifying; small steps are manageable.

Delegate. There may well be people around you who can help and offer expertise - take it.

Manage expectations. You may need to explain to others that the end result might be different from initial expectations. Better to bite the bullet early on and enlist help than give people a nasty surprise when you pass the point of no return.

Consider urgency and importance. The danger is to rush around doing the urgent things but ignoring the important ones. If something is both urgent and important, act. If not, prioritise.

Start small. Focus on getting some quick results, as this will give you momentum.

Develop a contingency plan. Even in the most difficult situations there are other options. …

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