Feeling overwhelmed with work – things to help you out

May 27, 202018 comments

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Are you feeling overwhelmed with work aka the never ending to do lists and work that would not stop piling? You are not alone in this. Especially during this dire time, we are all juggling multiple roles at the same time and it takes a toll on us.

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Are you feeling overwhelmed with work?

Here are some tips on recovering from the feeling of being helpless and getting things done.

White noise

Despite our best efforts, life gets us down. I have days when none of my usual routines work and I cannot put a word on the paper or get the household chores done. There are phone calls to make, Zoom meetings to attend and there is something always burning in the kitchen. Well, these are getting commoner these days. 

One thing that has always worked during those hard days is Stop, Drop and Breathe. And I usually put on my earphone with on some white noise (say, airplane noise or sleep noise) and I just focus on that. White noise are proved to be effective in calming down our nerves. Hey if the science says so, I am up for it. 

Here is a Spotify list of White noise background for you. 

Take a stock of things aka to do list

I know it sounds counter intuitive. But trust me, I am a total list freak. Almost every day I start the day with a to do list and I would be quite lost without them. 

Writing up a to do list and jotting down everything that is weighing on your mind is therapeutic.

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Pick up a paper or a mobile app whichever you feel comfortable with (both are equally effective), and list down the things to be done. Once you have written down everything, just mark them based on their urgency and priority.

Start it slow

Once your nerves are calm and you have identified your priorities, all your gut might say is jump right into it. Sure do it, but take things slow. Do not try to do all at once. I repeat do not overwhelm yourself by attempting to do everything at once. 

Even better, find the one thing that is the quickest to complete in your list and finish that one off. Just striking that one thing off the list would give your dopamine aka the motivation to work on the other things. 

Pomodoro technique

Don’t you hate it when you have to clean an entire room but Netflix is calling out to you? Choosing between number crunching on a spreadsheet and filling those Buzzfeed quizzes seems hard right?

I know it is easy to get sidetracked by other shiny little things when you have to do a serious chore, especially when that said chore is boring and difficult. It happens to me. A lot. 

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Whenever I have to do any hard tasks I hate, I set my handy little timer app for 25 minutes and get to work. At the end of the twenty five minute slot, I take a five minute compulsory break to do something I like – perfect for a quiz don’t you think? 

A walk around the room, refill your water or do whatever you want to. But essentially, do not do that hard work you hated. Once the five minute is up, get back to your work or the next item on the to do list. You can substitute the 25/5 ratio with 40/10, as in forty minute of focused work and a ten minute break as well. 

The reward system works perfectly and keeps you productive consistently. And mainly keeps you off from feeling overwhelmed with work overload. 

Emotional time out

These uncertain times have got us all in a bunch. Having to live and work alongside family 24*7 may be a double edged sword. The fear of the pandemic and the new normalcy are all scaling up high against us and it is okay to be emotional about it.

Take a break each day from the chaos of the new normalcy and do something that you love. If you paint or do some kinda art, break a leg. Read a book. Write stuff out. Meditate. For me, cleaning around the house or just rearranging the furniture makes me feel better. 

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Choose your own weapon. Do what you love, at least for a few minutes and take some time out. 

Feeling overwhelmed with work is common thing, given the uncertain situation and the number of changes that are happening so fast around us. But if it is happening regularly and coupled with other issues, please consult a doctor. The mental health is nothing to be ashamed of.

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What are your go to calming techniques when you are feeling overwhelmed with work and everything? Share it in the comments below. Let us talk.

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    • Gayathri

      YES! We need List of lists, to be honest.

  1. Whispering Stories

    Lots of great advice for people to have a read through and follow. Thanks for sharing.

    • Gayathri

      I hope so too.

    • Gayathri

      Thank you for reading it.

  2. DJ Sakata

    Retirement is sweeeet – do it as soon as you are able!

    • Gayathri

      Oh I wish….

  3. Nadene

    Great suggestions. I will try and see if they will work for me.

    • Gayathri

      I hope it does. Stay safe.

  4. Kathy West

    Thank you for these suggestions.

    • Gayathri

      I hope they are useful.

  5. Kate @ Bitch Bookshelf

    White noise is my go-to when I can’t sleep. I will have to try it next time I feel distracted and overwhelmed, which with everything going on is pretty often.

    • Gayathri

      Oh let me know how it works out for you.

  6. geekylorraine

    This is super helpful! I use an app called Forest to keep focused and time for breaks because it also lets me grow my own little forest of focus in the app!

    • Gayathri

      Oh I love Forest too. It is addictive, in a good way.

  7. Kymber Hawke

    These are great suggestions!

    • Gayathri

      Thank you!



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