3 things you must do when you cannot handle the workload
1. Communicate to your team
2.Communicate with inner circle
3.Write a plan
Have you ever heard the saying, being you is the best version of yourself.
I have my own philosophy which is to be true to who you are in any scenario. With this philosophy it is important you make that clear with your team.
In any working environment expectations can be drawn out very quickly. The whole concept of "being human" gets brushed under the carpets in busy work environments. Are you in this situation right now?
I know in the pandemic it's difficult to say you are in this environment because you could be working from home, but are you in a similar scenario where the expectations are getting too much.
Take a second to ask yourself what is it that you really want from the tasks you’ve been given.
Note everyone will have a different response but what is it that you truly want?
"Less work? More time? More resources to help you?"
In any scenario when the workload becomes too much you need to speak up and let your voice be heard. It’s important to remember that there is more to life than "work work work", so remind yourself of this concept.
You may have plans, like a virtual date or food plans with your household. You may have other commitments like helping your children with their homework, or studying for your next exams.
Remember you are human and that it is perfectly fine so speak up when you feel the work is too much. Often people don't and just take on the additional workload and this has a negative impact on their mental and physical wellbeing.
This is why you have a team.
By not using your voice you make it seem that you are fine to complete the additional workload.
It’s so important you are honest in these scenarios. If you know that the standard of the work cannot be completed to that expected level, let your team know. I am sure they would appreciate honesty rather than rushed work, or work completed to a really low standard.
You need to in these scenarios be able to take some time out and plan too.
You are also part of the team so where you can assist you need to make yourself available and help each other out and act like the team player you want your team to play too.
And finally, make sure that when the workload builds up, to prevent any further stress or anxiety, keep your friends and family in the loop.
You don’t need to go into details, but by raising awareness, they now have a heads up of what buttons not to push, and possible ways they can assist you after a long day at work.