Some days we feel like we are drowning. Waves of stress and work hit us and keep coming at us. We can’t breathe. We can’t get above our workload. We lose sight of the shore. How do we get our feet back on the ground? We have a plan for the day but most likely that plan will not go exactly how it was entailed. We get interrupted, distracted, or something urgent comes up and the day changes course.

So what do we do when our boat gets rocked? Go into the day expecting change. Expecting it to not go exactly as planned. There are going to be days where you feel you accomplished a lot and others where you feel like you have been turning your wheels all day with nothing to show. That’s life. Take advantage of those days where you can be productive and get done what you need to get done. When planning your week, leave openings in your schedule for “unplanned events to occur” or extra time open to complete a task that might need more time than planned. It’s beneficial to have time management skills, but there will always be some kind of interruption. You are only one person and can only do so much in one day. There’s always tomorrow. A new fresh day to get back on top of a workload. Might take longer. Just take one day at a time. The sun will set and rise bringing in a another day of opportunity. Just focus on the precedent matters. Your boat will rock. It’s how you handle it that will make you sink or float.

Taking Control of Your Workflow Can Improve Performance

It is so easy to get caught up in what needs to be done and numerous tasks with upcoming deadlines, that we lose sight in why we are doing what we are doing in the first place. We begin to lose motivation. We are expected to reach certain expectations. It’s important to commit to your role, but if your workflow becomes overwhelming or you feel discouraged, you might want to step back and assess. How can we give 100% if we do not feel 100% on what we are doing. You can reach your fullest potential when you are passionate and excited about what you are doing. If you aren’t happy, something has to change. Don’t feel like you have to reach other people’s expectations. We overload ourselves with more than what we can handle so much of the time. We have to be able to stand up for ourselves and say “No” when necessary. You are not expected to hold the world on your shoulders. Communication is key. Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks or let others know you have enough on your plate. This isn’t a sign of weakness. You are wiser when you see what is ahead of you and know what is manageable and what is not. It might be helpful to organize and prioritize tasks. If you have a plan, you will more likely be efficient and get more done in the day. Take breaks. Breaks are important so you don’t burn out. Keep a good flow and only take on what you can handle. You are only human.