Who would have though that April is a busy month (for non-accounting people)? It’s not the end/beginning of the year. There’s nothing spectacular about April.
But I have been SLAMMED. Have you ever had so much work in your queue that you don’t even have to stop to think, “Hmm what should I work on next?”
That’s my life these days.
I took a few minutes today to think about the ways I try to maintain my cool during these extremely busy-for-random-reason days.
As I have mentioned before, make a list for the day. What things do you HAVE to get done? Are there any deadlines specific for the day? If there is any hope for partial sanity – a list will provide this hope. It’ll help keep you on track and remind you of the direction you should be heading.
I am one of those people that acts a complete fool when I get incredibly slammed/busy. I talk to myself, I walk in circles, I make faces at my computer, I talk in a Southern accent (it helps – honest). And to me, it all makes sense. Sometimes I find though it is important to talk to someone and simply laugh about the ridiculous-ness my day has become with random rants and silly faces. It is a refreshing 5 minute break to gain some sanity which results in more productive work. I like to think of it as a mental health break.
Take those breaks!! I know it is easier to work through the breaks and take a short lunch, but you’ll end up resenting the day. By taking necessary breaks during stressful-jam-packed days, you can let your brain rest and be more productive (as mentioned above) than being break-deprived. I find that I am always ready to seize the afternoon after I’ve had a relaxing lunch where I have time to just breathe and give my brain a rest.
You think you’re busy? You’re not the only one. Take a few minutes out of your day to thank someone who you have been working with closely. Whether it is a boss or co-worker, say “Thank you.” They may have been just as busy (if not more) and would greatly appreciate the recognition. This provides for a “feel good” feeling at the end of the day.
Leave work at work!
I find that when I come home at the end of a long day, I can only think about who I may have forgotten to email or a task I wasn’t able to complete. For sanity’s sake – leave work at work! When you get home take that time to unwind and relax.