5 Tips for Tackling an Overwhelming Workload

Doesn’t it seem like the most daunting responsibilities always pile up at once? When it rains, it pours. Before the stress gets the best of you, take a deep breath — we got you. Take a look at our tips on tackling an overwhelming workload with ease.

1. Block out distractions.

When you have a ton of work you don’t feel like doing, even something like cleaning your room can seem appealing. That’s why we’re fans of ditching your dorm room in general and heading straight for a distraction-free environment — like the library. Let’s not forget about the biggest distraction, either. That’s right…Your phone. Try temporarily blocking distracting apps (Instagram…we see you) by downloading Freedom. You can also disable disruptive sites on your laptop with this Chrome extension!

 

2. Weigh your priorities. 

Prioritizing is a big part of time management. When you weigh the importance of each of your responsibilities, you’ll get a better understanding of where you should focus your efforts first. Maybe you’ll also see which tasks aren’t as important as you thought, and you can cut them off your to-do list entirely.

 

 

3. Create a timeline.

Creating a plan is so important. The main reason we get stressed about a heavy workload is because it seems like a lot to tackle at once! But the reality of it is, you probably don’t have to get every single thing done right now. Take a look at all of your deadlines and create a step-by-step plan of what you should complete each day. Whether you pencil this into your planner or add them to your Google calendar, you’ll get some peace of mind when you lay everything out into a more manageable timeline.

 

4. Enlist in some help.

Sometimes you just have to ask for help, and that’s okay! Maybe this means passing some of your group project onto another group member. Maybe it means visiting your professor’s office hours so you can get clarity on a confusing assignment. Or, maybe it just means having your sister walk the dog today so you can spend more time on your homework. Think about what makes the most sense for you.

 

5. Give yourself a break.

A break? When you’ve still got work to do??? Yes, you read that right. Do you ever notice how completely unmotivated you feel when you’ve got a heavy workload and you’re drowning in stress? It’s like you’re so overwhelmed, you don’t even know where to begin! Give yourself some downtime to de-stress here and there, and don’t try to tackle everything at once. You’ll feel way more productive when you have a fresh mindset.

Do you have your own tips that we didn’t mention? Share your ideas with our readers in the comments below!

 

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  1. Juana says:

    Thanks for these tips!!!

  2. Alice Redmond says:

    Exercise, even a 5 minute walk, can help clear the brain fog. And never lose your sense of humor, find something to laugh at every day!

  3. Marie Verschueren says:

    Thank you so much for the ideas. I am one that tends to put self care and breaks on the back burner when I am stressed. I realized this quarter that I CANNOT do that again, and it actually makes things worse.

    Now I schedule things like that on my calendar and make it just as important as studying. Taking short breaks a couple times a day works wonders, maybe I do a yoga pose or two, walk a few blocks, meditate. Just a little something to give my mind a break. I am also going to add taking complete days off to not think or do anything related to school. Done once, twice a quarter is heavenly.

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