Seven Ways to Stop Office Overload
By Jennifer Anderson
So many people in the legal profession know the feeling – the to-do list at work just keeps getting longer. Meanwhile, the demands away from work are also growing exponentially. The kids need to be shuttled around from event to event, your well-meaning volunteer position is now just a source of guilt, and the chores around the house never seem to do themselves.
In these instances, it is easy to become overwhelmed and to let that stress negatively impact all the responsibilities you have on your plate. When you are on the brink of being completely overwhelmed, try one of these sure-fire tips to halt office overload and give yourself tools to manage anything.
#1: Make a list
Lists are actually a very good tool for reducing stress. In fact, according to famed neuroscience professor Daniel Levitin, most people can only keep about four things in their heads without losing all organization. Once you write down your to-dos, however, you have alleviated your brain from the stress of remembering. That frees up mental energy for you to actually start tackling all those tasks that have been piling up on you.
And then, of course, there’s also the innate satisfaction one can get from crossing things off their to-do lists. A relief when it happens and something to look forward to.
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