We’ve all got busy periods at work. You know, the times when you feel there is no room for a breather because things just keep piling up.
For some businesses, Christmas time is their busiest time in the earlier part of the year x5.
Here, we look at how to manage your time during high-stress periods at work:
1. Break Away
If you know your ‘busy season’ in work, plan a break before the heavy workload hits. A couple of days off beforehand can help you clear your mind and re-energise, and you return to work refreshed and ready to tackle the load.
After the ‘busy season’, plan a holiday where you can completely switch off and relax.
Also, when you’re in the office, don’t forget to take short breaks throughout the day and make sure to get away from your desk during lunch time. This helps you recharge for a more productive afternoon.
2. Move Your Body
When things are hectic at work, we tend to cut activities to ensure we’re not taking on too much in both our personal and professional space. Exercise should not make the cut as it reduces stress and improves productivity.
If the thought of getting up early to hit the weights in the gym is making you hit the snooze button repeatedly, explore other ways of getting your fit fix like:
- Going for a walk on your lunch break.
- Walking or cycling to work instead of driving
- Showing off your ‘deskercise’ skills while you’re in the office
3. Nourish Yourself
You need to make sure you take proper care of your body and health. If you neglect these areas, you’ll become more stressed and burn out quickly.
- Get plenty of sleep at night. Stick to a routine and aim for eight hours per night. If you don’t give yourself enough time to rest, you’ll go in to work exhausted.
- Keep your energy levels up by making healthy food choices. Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day as this will prevent you becoming irritable.
4. Find Your Time
Some people are more productive during the early hours of the morning while others get more done late at night. Find when you’re most productive and work during these hours (if your boss allows for the flexibility, of course).
5. Overtime Is Not Necessary
Research shows that whether you work 56 hours or 70 hours in a week, it doesn’t really matter because the output is approximately the same.
It’s okay to work overtime when you have a lot of work to get through and certain deadlines that can’t wait until the following morning. However, if you’re adding extra hours on every week, you become tired and less productive. Give yourself a break.
6. Schedule In Some ‘Me Time’
No matter how busy you are, it’s important to take some ‘me time’, even if it’s just a five-minute breather.
It’s important that you unplug and do something that helps you relieve stress. You might read a book, take a bath, watch a film, play a game – whatever works for you, do it!
Once the high-stress period is over and work returns to its regular pace, set time aside to reflect on what worked and what didn’t work for you during the busy season. By doing so, you’ll be more prepared when that rush comes around again.