So how can I stay productive when I feel overwhelmed by workload?
This is a very complex question and there is certainly no one "right" answer. The best way to look into this issue is to start with another question. "Am I overwhelmed by workload ?" or "Do I feel overwhelmed by workload ?"
If you really are overwhelmed by workload then you should probably look into scheduling. The issue may be as simple as you scheduling too many tasks onto your daily To Do lists. Now, I can hear someone say that they can't simply schedule less. Work has do be done after all. No. You see, this is a false economy. You essentially have two options here:
The most likely scenario is that you are procrastinating.
yes, procrastination, the nemesis of productivity.
So you wake up, look at your to-do list and see how much work you need to get done, you feel really overwhelmed by it and as a consequence, you don't really know where to start and just end up procrastinating.
SolutionThere are a couple options you can try. For this particular post, we'll show you some of the most simple solutions.
1) Just start
That's it, the best way to fight procrastination is to simply start.
It's easier said that done but once you start on working on your tasks things will immediately start improving.
2) Eat that Frog
Eat that Frog method is based on starting with the most difficult task. The idea is that the task you dread most is the task which makes you procrastinate. This idea was introduced by Brian Tracy.
3) Pomodoro Technique
Pomodoro Technique will go hand in hand with our suggestions above. That is to "just start" and to "eat that frog". There are plenty of Pomodoro guides so we will not cover it here in detail. but essentially, Pomodoro technique is based on working in 25 minute blocks of time.
Once you get going, try Don't Break the Chain productivity method. It's a very simple system which will help you stay on track. You can read more about Don't Break the Chain productivity system here
So there you have it, our 3 tips for staying productive even when you feel overwhelmed by workload.