As I mentioned last week, things at work have gone sideways and the pressure is on. After our first week of extra long days, multiple meetings, and minimal argument, I’m happy to report that my “crisis team” is making progress and on track to meet a critical deadline in mid December. It’s going to take a lot of work, but we’re committed, we’re focused, and we’re drinking a lot of coffee. Even though nerves are frayed and obstacles keep popping up, we’re staying on track and supporting each other. The biggest challenge is that this project has essentially been added to the work we were already doing, and we’re all people who put in 50 or 60 hours a week (or more) as a general rule.
My team isn’t alone in feeling overworked and over-scheduled. I see it across my organization, in my friends, in my family, and in a lot of the blog posts I read. We’re living in a world that constantly pushes us to do more, achieve more, work more, and be more. I’m not saying that’s always a bad thing; I’m a workaholic who prefers to be busy and productive, and I think it’s important to work towards your own picture of success. However, while the world is always happy to tell us to push forward, it doesn’t always pair that with the right messages about how and when, or how to do so with a healthy balance to avoid burnout. As this blog nears the one year mark, I’ve been looking back over my posts and noted that these are issues I’ve returned to on multiple occasions.
If you’ve missed any of those posts, or could use a few reminders, please check them out:
- Tips to Increase Productivity Part One
- Tips to Increase Productivity Part Two
- Things to Remember When There’s Too Much to Do
- Quick Fixes for a Bad Mood
- Dealing With Stress in the Moment
- Motivation Tips
How is your schedule and workload looking these days?