I’m sure many of you have felt overloaded with work sometimes, and have wondered how on earth you were going to get through it all.
When overloaded with work, people tend to react in one of two ways – They either relish the challenge and the opportunity and learn from the experience so they can cope even better in future similar situations; Alternatively they can be overwhelmed and crumble at the thought of everything they have to do, unsure where to start or how to tackle the overload.
Which category do you fall into?
I must admit to having experienced both those scenarios with varying degrees of success/failure. However over the years I’ve learned that when it comes to work, there is no point in getting stressed by all you have to do, as sometimes the expectation on you is just too much. Sometimes you simply have to learn to stop and say, you have too much to do and so can’t achieve everything expected of me within the timescales required. I must be honest and say in the past I would have considered saying I couldn’t achieve something, failure, so would have gone all out to try to achieve what was requested of me, but ultimately if I succeed, got little thanks/appreciation for doing so, but conversely would have been in hot water if I failed, all because I didn’t highlight at the start that the expectation on me was too much.
All I’m trying to say here is that it is ok to tell people you can’t achieve what they’ve asked you to do, as from my experience, telling people up front there’s a likelihood the tasks will not be completed is better than leaving them thinking there’s no issues, until you fail to deliver on time, isn’t it?