Just Doing What You Can

Hi Fuzzbutts.

After over a couple of weeks of 10-hour days, I was starting to fade pretty bad at work. It’s hard to feel competent when you’re drowning in work and have to keep reaching out for assistance from coworkers. Granted, I recently did an interview with one of the managers and it put things into perspective. Mostly, I got absolutely slammed with an unreasonable amount of work. I know I’m not the only one to experience this kind of thing. Plenty of you go through it where it becomes easy to get overwhelmed. So what should you try to do when things get too hectic?

Well first of all, DON’T close yourself off from others. Sometimes people get so busy so they start to avoid any interaction with coworkers to try to focus on the job and get it done. Your coworkers might be available to actually help lighten your load. Also, when you do it all alone, you may start to resent anyone around you who isn’t helping or isn’t even aware of how insanely busy you are. Keep the lines of communication open and you might be able to get some help.

Next, just do what you can. If you look inside your bedroom and see a huge mess, how do you clean it? You just grab something and put it away. Same applies to tasks at work. Have a hundred things to work on? Figure out which is the most important and what you can get finished quickly (sometimes they’re the same thing) and then just get it over with. A mistake will usually end up costing you more time trying to fix it than if you get it right the first time. So try to single-task when possible and if you can’t decide what needs doing, ask whoever is in charge or just flip a coin on it depending on the situation.

Eventually you will catch up with everything. I’m still in the middle of it but I know there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Just keep a cool head, watch how you interact with people, and do your best.

Good luck, fuzzbutts!

When there’s just too much to do!

Hello fuzzbutts!

Sorry for the late post today. I had a lot going on! Don’t we always seem to have a lot going on?

Ok so sometimes you find yourself pretty paralyzed. You keep switching from one task to the next without getting much done at all! You stress enough about something to start working on it only to get stressed about the other thing so badly that you can’t focus. So how do we deal with it?

Ask yourself “What is the most important thing I need to do right now?” You’ll have a knee-jerk scream in your brain as to what exact task you need to do. Maybe that really is the most important thing you need to do right now. How do you find out if it is?

Ask yourself “Why is that more important than the other stuff?” where you’ll probably have a second critically important option pop up in your head.  Or maybe it’s not critically important as you think about it. Or maybe the second option was the correct option and the first was your way of distracting yourself from the truly important stuff! Either way, you have to decide which is more important.

Then just do it!

There’s really not much more to it than that. You just ask what your priority is, pick it out with some reasonable level of decision-making, and focus on it until it’s done!

Hope this helps!