Years ago, when you first began your career in corporate America, both your stress level and job grade were probably pretty low, along with your salary. A recent college graduate who received a job in the financial services sector, for instance, might have started off with a seemingly low $21,000 per year salary – and without a marriage partner or kids, possibly found it relatively easy to complete the requirements of their 9-to-5 job without a lot of stressors effecting their work.
By the time that young 20-something-year-old transforms into a 47-year-old whose hard work has helped him or her climb the corporate ladder of success into the $175,000-per-year earning range, they may discover that their “Vice President” title also comes with responsibilities that seem overwhelming at times. Throw in a spouse and children and additional concerns – and the work/life balance might get skewed out of kilter, in need of rebalancing.
If that sounds all too familiar, here are tips and tech services to help get you back to an acceptable workload amount:
Communicate the fact that you’re overloaded
If you are a top-level executive and decision maker – or at least report to one – it is even more vitally important that you communicate your needs the second that trouble arises. Let’s say your job is that of an investment banker, one who has a to-do list that seems to run 100-items long. Just thinking about all you have to do might give you heart palpitations, which means it’s time to break down all of your expected work tasks into manageable, prioritized chunks – and that’s a feat that your own boss can help you accomplish.
One financial analyst at a large oil firm performs this ritual with her supervisor often, and together they’ve devised logical schemes to get the work done. They both agree that any item related to the CFO of the organization gets done first, the next most important task next, and lastly, the things that won’t hurt being put off till the following week are scheduled to be completed later.
Not only does working in conjunction with your boss help mitigate his or her expectations of you, it also helps to put the onus on them when they instruct you to prioritize or delay certain duties.
Delegate and outsource your time-consuming tasks
If you’re up to your ears in “performance metrics” and “opportunities” passed onto you from those in the high realms of your job, make sure you’re not taking on too much of a workload as an individual.
Farm out whatever jobs are appropriate for those on your team whom you manage, ensuring that the work you delegate will get done in a timely and correct manner. Since this is the 21st century, take advantage of the Information Age to look outside of your immediate surroundings to finish your work. These days, companies like Research Optimus are being used by executives who realize they can outsource data-intensive or labor-heavy work, and use the best of web experts to get their own jobs done.
With all the helping hands and methods surrounding us in this modern world, there’s no need to suffer in silence due to work overload.