#3 - I'm so awfully busy



Is it the Zeitgeist? Is it competition? Many of my clients often suffer from high pressure and a long to-do list.

Busyness at work can have a lot of side effects. Bodily tension, bad sleep, bad mood, lower quality of work etc. etc. Yet is so common. So what can you do, when you’re so busy that you suffer from it? In this third part of ‘the 12 most common work problems’ I discuss some strategies for people who are awfully busy.

I find it useful to work on three different levels: the practical level, the psychological level and the existential level.

The practical level

At this level there are some things you can do. First of all it’s important to have a good system to keep track of what you need to do and when. There are many good apps and sites that can help you with this - it’s all a matter of personal preference. Personally I’m a big fan of the Bullet Journal (bulletjournal.com) in an old fashioned Moleskin notebook.

A little reshuffle of roles or priorities in your department might give you some room to breathe. It might be obvious that you should talk to your manager about your problems, but many people don’t do that. Perhaps you are afraid that your manager sees you as weak or as a moaner, and indeed it is a lot better if you go to your manager with a solution, not just a complaint. Have a good think and venture into the lion’s den!

The psychological level

The psychological level is about what you think and feel. This usually requires some inner digging and challenging, and an open mind to look at things from different angles. An important one is: try to figure out why you can’t stay calm when you have a long to-do list? The stress surely isn’t going to help you. Just pick one thing you need to do urgently and start doing it well. It might look like you get more things done when you’re stressed, but actually you might discover that when you’re calm the results are much better. Most people know what helps them to calm down - what works for you?

Sometimes not everything on your to-do list is as urgent or as important as you think. Could it be possible that some of this urgency is self inflicted?

The existential level

At the existential level we ask ourselves what we want from our life. What is a good life for us? What are our values? There is a lot to say for interesting and busy jobs, but perhaps this is really not what you want at this stage of your life. Career change is possible, at any stage of your life.

Being too busy can really knock you down. Working on these three levels is very effective, but it’s hard to do on your own. Why not have look at my homepage and book a free coaching consultation?

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