Do you find yourself getting anxious when you realize your work schedule is filled with too many tasks? Do you feel like you're slowly losing the time you spend with your friends and family because you're dealing with too much at work? According to an article called "7 Signs You Bite Off More Than You Can Chew" on Lifehack.org, one sign that shows you're overdoing it at work is when you have trouble concentrating.
If you switch from task to task in the office without really accomplishing anything, this is a clear sign that your brain is working overtime to finish too many things. "This issue may be harder to spot, since these days multitasking is king, and single-tasking is less frequent (although desirable [sic] it is much more desirable)," writes author RBerenguel. "Always try to focus on just one task. Unless you are a firefighter or work in time-critical issues, finish off things and then just cover the ashes."
If you need help sharpening your focus at work, avoid visiting online time-sinks. In fact, if you're not using the Internet for the task you're currently working on, close your browser so as not to get distracted. Make yourself a list of the things you're doing every day, and check off items one by one as you finish them. This clarifies your work agenda and ensures that you won't miss accomplishing a task.
Also don't forget to give yourself breaks--schedule time with your friends if you have to. Learn how to manage your time wisely so that you won't feel overburdened. With proper organization, you can prevent yourself from getting stressed and also become a more efficient worker.
[Click here to read the article "7 Signs You Are Biting Off More Than You Can Chew" on Lifehack.org]
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