Hi there readers
I hope you are doing well and enjoying your marketing experiences. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, they say. Unsurprising as just working can be very limiting to one’s enjoyment in life, and sometimes by doing more one is in fact doing less. And of course there is an increased chance of being overwhelmed and stressing out.
Overwhelm is one of those phenomena which actually has less to do with what is going on outside you and more to do with your reactions to it. After all on any other day you might look at the pile of work you have and think you can do it all if you are organised and logical about it.
So why would one then react with overwhelm reactions? It’s not useful. The best obvious answer to this is that you are just seeing the down side of the situation when that occurs, whereas if you can see the wood for the trees in relation to your tasks ahead, then you will see yourself clear of negative reactions. After all your reactions are taking place within you, not outside.
Now stress reactions to work can be quite serious if unchecked and the tendency is to drive oneself even harder when this is happening, like a part of one’s mind takes over and persuades you of the desperation of the situation. Well sometimes of course there are deadlines to be met, but mostly the overwhelm is just a reaction to a situation.
Now time management is quite an involved subject within marketing and every one has their own strategies to dealing with time. The truth behind this is that we each have the same amount of hours to spend per week and you can either spend them usefully or in states of overwhelm and stress.
I think it is important when one is suffering overwhelm to draw back and maybe go off and spend one’s immediate time disengaging from work and going and doing something else. A walk in the country, a film, a trip to the swimming pool or a drink with friends. These are ways of spending time more profitably than in sweating it out being overwhelmed and beating yourself up for not getting your tasks done faster.
After all after a break doing something slightly more pleasurable one may see things in a lighter perspective and shrug off previous reactions.
Another strategy is to look at what one is doing or has mapped out in the future and ask which of the tasks is the number one important task. Having a ‘must ‘ do list is different from having a ‘To Do’ list, which just lists a whole load of tasks some of which may be meaningless in the long run. Seriously,prioritise the main things you have to do, and do that alone.
I have other things going on with time management too, but I will not go into them here. For now I hope the above suggestions are useful to you and help you along the way if you do feel a sense of the overawing magnitude of what you have to do. Be well.Till later.