You're at the end of a team meeting and your boss has just handed you another task. You already have a heavy workload. You're not sure how you can manage it all.
Sound familiar? In this article, we look at how to manage those extra tasks that seem impossible to handle.
We all have a lot on our plates and when you're given something extra to do, it's not always easy to approach it with excitement. Most of the time, though, with effective time and workload management, you'll be surprise with what you can accomplish.
In the introduction scenario, our employee certainly doesn't sound enthusiastic about receiving an extra task and has concerns about whether it's manageable. If this is the case, then the employee should have brought this up when the task was assigned. It's important that there is clear communication between manager and employee when it comes to workload and there's nothing wrong about being honest.
Some ways of addressing this could be:
- 'I'm afraid I've got a lot on my plate right now with the X project'
- 'I'd love to get involved with this, but at the moment I'm a bit stretched already with the Y project'
With that said, if the task is more manageable and just requires a few changes to how you manage your regular work, then as an employee you really should be willing to take it on. Your manager will appreciate your effort, the team will benefit from the results and you may learn something from the experience.
Follow these steps to ensure you achieve the task, while staying on top of your regular workload:
A good result all around
Now you've completed your task, you can sit back and enjoy a job well done! You learnt that you could manage an extra task or two from time to time without affecting your regular work. Your manager knows they can rely on you to take on new tasks and you've become better at time and project management as a result.
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