Yesterday was a stressful day for me at work. I felt like I had more than enough to do and not enough time to do it. Then, more things came my way and I really felt overwhelmed. I needed a break so I went outside and just stood there for a few minutes. I took some deep breaths, enjoyed the feeling of the sun on my face, and listened to the songs of the birds. When I went back inside, I went in my office and closed my door. Isolating is probably not the best thing for me but I just didn’t want to hear or see anyone for a while.
Today was a better day. I got some things done while more things came my way. But I did something different which made the day better. I got some things under control. I built a spreadsheet so I can keep track of things rather than having to search my inbox or my memory. I started keeping track of things I have asked for so I have a better handle of who has responded and who has not. A little time spent on organization gives me a sense of control and reduces my level of stress.
The workload hasn’t changed. I just have a better way of coping with it.