It’s been a hectic month and the deadlines are fast approaching. Even after all the overtime and extra hours you’ve put in, you still can’t seem to find a clear space on your desk. You’re feeling nothing short of exhausted, and despite all of the above, the work doesn’t stop flooding through.
But what’s the answer? The job needs doing at the end of the day and surely there must be a light at the end of the tunnel? Take the next 5 minutes to sit back, breathe and read through these measures which may help your overall wellbeing and feeling of exhaustion.
Is this REALLY necessary?
Although most of the work you do within your workplace IS necessary, everything can be prioritised, and some work is simply more necessary than others. Take a step back, evaluate your workload, and decipher through what is urgent, and what can wait until the other tasks have been completed.
We’ve got a great blog here on the difference between being productive or busy.
Living in the moment isn’t all its cracked up to be
Living in the moment is a fantastic mantra to live by, and one that should be applied to certain situations. However, it’s not necessarily one that goes hand in hand with and workplace environment, as the workplace environment is often thought of as a very structured and planned setting. People who are consumed by living in the moment are not always capable of popping their heads above the parapet to have a look to the future and plan ahead. This can quickly lead you to feeling overworked and exhausted and almost certainly under more pressure that you need. Although it may seem as though you don’t have time, allocate some time out your day to take a birdseye view of your work and what can be scheduled. Plan ahead, not everything can (or needs to be) done in one day.
Check out our blog here on time management.
Although flexibility is great, and it is ultimately what companies look for in employees, it is not feasible or fair to expect an employee to be flexible 24/7. There needs to come a time where the pen gets put down and the computer turned off, and that time needs to be respected. Same for the boss, you need downtime too.
No is not a bad word
Whilst saying yes to everything may make you seem like the perfect employee, it also puts you in a position where you are setting yourself up for a fall. Namely, because not everything can be done, especially not immediately. Learn to say yes and no appropriately. No, is just as important as yes as it manages the expectations of your task setter. Be logical and save yourself from the unnecessary stress.
The ripple effect
You may think that your job is cellular and your work affects you alone, however, that’s often not the case. Whether you are a leader, or an office junior your job affects others and the productivity of those around you. If you are overworked, if your work slips, if your deadlines are missed, it all affects those you work with too. Be kind to everyone (most importantly, yourself), and have open communication of what is realistic to be achieved and what isn’t.
Take our advice above and see if it makes any difference to your feeling of being overworked and exhausted.
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This week marked the annual Computer Security Day. Each year on the 30th of November, Computer Security Day is celebrated to raise awareness and promote best practice in Information Security. Although Computer Security Day dates back to 1988, it’s more relevant than ever with GDPR looming. So, how did you mark the day? We focused on ensuring our devices and data were secure. We also reviewed our passwords to make sure they’re hard to hack.
As bookkeepers we need to keep to keep up to date if we want to be able to speak to our clients confidently and with accurate knowledge. Whether you’re studying towards a qualification, or a veteran of the profession, it pays to know your stuff. So we’ve put together a list of our favourite learning resources to share with you.
So, you’re doing great and business is doing well. You feel confident in your products/services and you seem to have a very happy client base. Then, all of a sudden comparisonitis rears its ugly head. You’ve come across a new competitor in the market and like an annoying itch, the feeling of self-doubt threatens to destabilise all the confidence you’ve gained.
Venturefest Scotland is a national business innovation summit designed to help high-growth SMEs and ambitious early-stage companies to grow through innovation. The day starts well with coffee (all days really need to start with coffee) but I did manage to bypass the pastries this time. Kicking off sharp at 9am with the plenary I was pleasantly surprised to see a 50:50 male/female panel. Today is going to be a good day.SE announced their new start2scale support program targeting fast-growing start-ups and early-stage companies as well as existing companies with ambitious plans to scale.