Thinking about Work Overload

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I have three main ideas that you might find helpful.

1 – As we discussed, the pace is not likely to get slower, so we all have to adapt.

2 – Accomplishing–and recognizing that we accomplish–things with regularity helps.  Studies show that accomplishment is often the strongest motivator at work.  If you are a leader, make it your job to structure tasks so that your staff can finish them often.

3 – Balancing our personal energies makes a huge difference.  Although most of us know this, we tend to let this slide from time to time.

There is evidence from the corporate world that better balance increases profitability.

The basic idea is to make sure that in every day, you make time for multiple types of activities (such as–in addition to work–play, exercise, reflection).

Here are two sources with more information:

1- This is a very short blog post: Four Types of Time: A New Way to look at Time Management

2- A Harvard Business Review article “Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time” available for $6.95 on the HBR site

Key points: Manage your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual (religious or other) energy.  Includes a case study from Wachovia Bank showing that the “balanced” group out performed a control group by 13% in revenue generation.

I’ve been working on my balance and it is helping, some days more than others.

I hope you find this helpful and would be delighted to hear your thoughts.