Successfully juggling multiple tasks while you triumphantly cross things off your to-do list can feel immensely satisfying. It’s great to know that you’re getting work done to a high standard and to an efficient level, even during times when the level of work can start to feel overwhelming.
However, there may come a point when your best isn’t good enough to manage a demanding workload, and it’s at times like this that you need to recognise the sings that you need to ask for some help and share your workload.
- You’re feeling stressed
The type of job you have often determines the levels of stress you experience at work. Take investment banking for an example. It’s not a career that will afford you trivial projects, leisurely lunches and early finishes every day. However, if you’re feeling an unusual amount of pressure, stress or anxiety at work, it could be a sign that you need to ask for some help.
- You’re missing deadlines
With a backbreaking workload comes the risk of missing deadlines. Your to-do list should be manageable to a point that you’re delivering work on time; or if you think you won’t make a deadline, you should be able to notice this in enough time to let your colleagues know. Handing in work late is never a good look, and depending on other areas of your performance, could seriously taint people’s perception of you at work.
- Your co-workers aren’t pulling their weight
This one doesn’t relate to the quality of your output but is an important one to look out for. If you work with a team of people, work should be distributed fairly based on grade and experience. However, this isn’t always the case, and some co-workers may get away with weaseling their way out of assignments while others are putting their necks on the line to deliver for the business. There’s nothing more frustrating than going to work every day and putting in 100 per cent while the person next to you does close to nothing. This should be something your manager is able to identify, but in case they don’t it’s important that you address your concerns with them.
- You’re working from multiple to-do lists
Have you ever had so much coming at you from so many different angles that you start inventing to-do lists out of anything? In order to streamline your workload you need to keep all your tasks in the same place. If you’ve got a to-do list in your notebook, email drafts, Microsoft Word document and a random napkin you had lying on your desk, it’s likely that you’ve lost control of what you’re doing.
- You can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel
If it’s gotten to the point where you feel like you’re never going to get on top of all your tasks – it could be time to let your manager know that you need some help.
How do you know when it’s time to reassess your workload?