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Have you ever had a time at work where week after week, something happens that means you get diverted from the tasks that you planned to do, to do something else? Over the last month or so, that seems to be happening to me every week. Not only that, but the task I get diverted onto, are never quite as straightforward as they first seem, and so end up taking up much more of my time than anyone imagined.

What’s not helped for me, is that between annual leave and sickness absence in my team, there’s only ever been me and one of my team members working each day, for the last month. This has just meant that no matter how hard we try, we’ve not really managed to get through the work that I’d planned for us to do in June or July.

Even on Friday something which on the face of it looked like a task that would take an afternoon to do at the most, ended up uncovering another issue, which will need further analysis before deciding the best way to fix it.

There is good news though, as this week my team are back to three, as one of my team will be back from their summer holiday. So here’s hoping there’s no more unexpected issues, and we can finally get on with the work that I’d planned for us to do!

When you’re really struggling because you’ve hit rock bottom, have you noticed that many either don’t notice you’re struggling, or pretend they haven’t noticed and just walk by you?

It’s at those times you discover, if you have any real friends, and if so, who they are. Take care of your friends.

Whether you are trying to get fit, lose weight, starting a new hobby, learning a new language or skill, or trying to make some other change in your life, I’m sure we’ve all found ourselves wondering where to start.

It can sometimes be so overwhelming wondering where or how to start that we can actually completely put ourselves off, and end up not starting anywhere at all!

I think there’s probably two reasons why we don’t achieve our targets:

  1. We try to do too many things at the same time; or
  2. We don’t even try to get started because we feel so overwhelmed

So how do we get started with things when we feel overwhelmed?

I’ve found the best thing to do is just to focus on one thing. To identify that one thing, it’s best to identify several tasks and then choose the simplest to start with, that way you’ll quickly feel you’ve achieved something, and will find it easier to move forward as you tackle the remaining tasks.

Good luck!

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?

work overloadI 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?

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Set your goals for the day

No, I’m not talking about your work plans for the day, I am in fact talking about your own personal goals for the day. e.g. Aim to be more loving towards those you encounter; give someone a helping hand; spend quiet time with God.

When we set ourselves goals and we achieve them, it can be very rewarding and cheer our hearts. So set some personal goals for the day and feel your sense of achievement when you meet those targets.


A lonely day is God’s way of saying that he wants to spend some quality time with you ~ Criss Jami

I must be honest and say that, yes, I do feel lonely sometimes, so that’s why when I came across this wonderful quote it really struck a chord with me. As I said in yesterday’s blog post Schedule, we all need to make sure we spend quality time with God each day, so maybe by being so busy doing our own thing we are neglecting God, and neglecting our own needs.

So don’t be lonely, spend quality time with God each day, as He is the best friend you can ever have.

I don’t know about you, but I like to be organised, so I have a list of tasks I need to get done, and timescales in which I need to get them done. I know a lot of folks like to be organised, so hopefully you don’t think I’m mad having just admitted I like to be organised in both my work and personal lives!

Planning and scheduling the things I need to do in my life is important to me, so I ensure I don’t forget about anything I need to do.

So here’s a question for you, do you plan you time with God in the same way you plan and schedule the rest of your time?

Spending time with God is the key to our strength and success in all areas of life. Be sure that you never try to work God into your schedule, but always work your schedule around Him ~ Joyce Meyer

Surely if think it’s important enough to plan and schedule all our tasks so we don’t forget anything, that should include our time with God, as isn’t that the most important thing we should do each day?