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When Your Work Responsibilities Overflow

When Your Work Responsibilities Overflow, How Do You Stay On Top Of Things? In today’s economy, many companies ask their employees to work more hours to cover vacancies. With skyrocketing inflation and job insecurity, it’s essential to have a well-paying job that provides consistent income. You might find yourself placed in a situation where your employer is asking more and more of you. Over time, this can be very stressful.  

In these uncertain economic times, having a well-paying job that provides consistent income is more important than ever. With the cost of living continuing to rise and inflation skyrocketing, making ends meet is becoming increasingly difficult. Job insecurity is also increasing, making it difficult to plan for the future. In such an environment, having a well-paying job that you can rely on is essential. It provides financial stability and allows you to plan for the future confidently.

While increased demands on the employee may be necessary for the company, it can also affect your health. For example, proactively looking after your health is essential when working long hours. You must make self-care a priority because if you don’t,  you might be forced to make time for sickness, which isn’t a great option. 

As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is especially true when it comes to our health. When we are feeling well, it’s easy to take our health for granted and push ourselves harder at work. However, it can be challenging to maintain the same level of productivity when we are sick or injured. That’s why it’s important to proactively take care of our health, even when our company is insisting that we work more to cover vacancies.

 Make sure to schedule regular check-ups with your doctor and take advantage of any preventive care benefits your company offers. Be sure to get enough rest and exercise, and eat healthy meals. If you feel overwhelmed or stressed, talk to your supervisor about taking a break. Taking care of yourself should be a priority, even when working long hours. You can avoid burnout and maintain a healthy work-life balance by proactively looking after your health.

You can also do things in your work environment to help you successfully manage the extra work. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Delegate

As anyone who has ever worked on a team knows, delegation is key to maintaining a high level of productivity. When everyone is clear about their roles and responsibilities, it can help the team to run like a well-oiled machine. However, delegation is not always easy, and it is often necessary to weigh the pros and cons of each task before deciding who should complete it. One crucial factor to consider is whether or not the task makes the best use of your skill set. If you are not the best person for the job, it may be better to delegate it to someone else. In addition, cross-training is vital in teams, making delegation more effective. When everyone on the team can complete a variety of tasks, it gives you more flexibility when assigning tasks. As a result, if you want to be more productive at work, delegating tasks that do not make the best use of your skill set is important.

2. Minimise distractions at work

At work, there are always going to be things that come up that can throw you off your game. Whether it’s a colleague dropping by your desk for a chat or your phone going off with a text notification, it’s essential to know how to minimize distractions so you can stay focused on your work. One way to do this is to set up a “do not disturb” mode on your phone or disable notifications for specific apps. This will help reduce the number of times you’re interrupted throughout the day. You can also try wearing headphones or working in a quiet area. And if you do need to take a break from work, try to set aside some time in your schedule for breaks, so you don’t feel like you’re constantly interrupted. By taking these steps, you can help to minimise distractions and stay focused on your work.

3. Do have your regular breaks

It can be tempting to skip your lunch break or eat at your desk, especially when you’re feeling busy or under pressure. However, taking a proper break can help you to be more productive and avoid burnout. Taking a break, even just for a few minutes, gives your mind a chance to rest and refocus. You can come back to your work with fresh energy and new ideas. In addition, regular breaks can help improve your physical health by allowing you to move around and stretch your muscles. So next time you’re tempted to skip your break, remember that it could be key to being more productive at work.

4. Incorporate physical activity into your workday

You’ve probably heard the saying “sitting is the new smoking.” And there’s a good reason for it. Too much time spent sitting down can lead to various health problems, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. But did you know that being sedentary can also reduce your productivity at work?

When you sit all day, your blood circulation slows, and your muscles start to atrophy. This makes it difficult to focus and pay attention. For example, you might get tired or restless, making it hard to get your work done. In addition, sitting for long periods can cause back pain and neck pain, which can further interfere with your ability to focus.

So if you want to be more productive at work, take breaks and move around throughout the day. Walking around the office or going for a quick walk outdoors can help increase your energy levels and improve your focus. And if you have a standing desk, consider using it for part of the day. Just a few simple changes can make a big difference in your productivity and health.

As a maverick leader, you are likely accustomed to going above and beyond the call of duty and putting in long hours to get the job done. However, with increased responsibility comes the risk of burnout. To prevent this, it is essential to be proactive and have strategies and support systems that keep you at the best physical and mental capacity possible. Taking care of your health should be a top priority, as it is essential to your performance at work. Make sure to get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and eat a healthy diet.

In addition, it is necessary to have a sound support system in place. Connect with your colleagues and build positive relationships. When you feel overwhelmed, reach out to your support system for help. Taking these measures will help you handle increased work responsibility without burning out.

Dr Tomi Mitchell
Dr Tomi Mitchellhttps://www.holisticwellnessstrategies.com/
Dr Tomi Mitchell is the host of The mental health and wellness show. She is a leadership and executive coach, speaker and writer.

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