Are you struggling with excessive workload? Much of what you have to do at work probably found its way on your desk without you asking for it. We all know the times when workload is high, causing us to spend even more time at work.
We stop exercising and cooking healthy food, because it takes time away from the seemingly more important tasks. We lie in bed at night, thinking, planning and looking to the coming day with dread: How am I supposed to get this all done?

Worrying about your heavy workload depletes your energy.

Turns out, we’re doing ourselves a big disservice when we ruminate and try to plan the next day. Research found that what we spend our mental time on in the evening is directly linked to how we feel in the morning. Worrying about the coming day depletes your energy, even though there’s a full night of sleep in between!

It’s the negative and circling nature of your thoughts that determine much how you start your next day. This way, the workload you worry about has negative effects even before it’s present. You’re not even at work yet and already feel the impact.
This workload anticipation is exhausting. On top of the real-life consequences! So you arrive at the office depleted, even though this is one of the days you need your strength and energy the most.

Strategies to manage workload.

What can you do to better deal with high workload? Don’t make life harder for yourself than it already is. Here are some suggestions to better cope in times of high workload:

  • Make enough time to recover in the evenings and over the weekend.
  • Encourage your colleagues and team members to do the same.
  • When off work, try to occupy your mind with things other than work. Learn to interrupt the worry-spiral.
  • Go out for a walk, a run, go exercise. It will give you energy back, even though it sometimes feels like an insurmountable task to put on your running shoes.
  • Make it a non-negotiable to spend time with your partner, family or friends in the evenings. You could cook something together or play a board game.
  • Plan your upcoming day before you leave work.
  • Make sure you get some good sleep – no caffeine late in the day, limiting screen-time before bedtime and sticking to regular sleep timing.
If you’re a leader, be sure to role-models these behaviours. In addition, you should ensure that your employees have all the required resources to manage their workload
how to manage high workload

Also remember to build social resources. Reaching out to others is one of the best strategies you can use to replenish your energy at work. Here are a few tips how to do it right:

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