Keeping priorities in order is difficult for some people. For this reason it is suggested that you write down the tasks that you need to complete each day. When doing this you should always start with the most important or the ones which need to be completed first. Having a schedule can also help you to prevent taking on tasks which you don’t have the time to complete.
Sometimes when a person has many tasks to complete it is quite easy to forget some of them. Times like this are what make a schedule so helpful. When you write down each task you need to complete and when it is due you can easily look back over the list to see what needs to be done and in what order.
In the beginning you should keep your lists small. Five items or less should be the limit but make them the five most important things that need to be done. Once you complete a list make another of the next five most important things and work from there. Starting out small like this often gives people a better sense that they are in control of how things are progressing.
Delegating can be another way of preventing stressful situations. Sometimes simple tasks can be passed on to other coworkers thus freeing your time for more complex duties. This can be beneficial in keeping stress at minimum levels.
Don’t be afraid to say no if you feel like taking on more will overwhelm you. There is nothing wrong with helping others but don’t feel like you have to take on more work if you don’t think you have plenty of time to get everything done. Even the majority of bosses understand that there are only so many hours in a day and sometimes they tend to ask the impossible. When this happens they often don’t even realize they are doing it. One way to handle this situation is to relay what has been asked of you and ask them which they would prefer you complete first. This is often enough to make them realize that you have your hands full and they should turn to someone else for minor tasks.
It is important to remember that no matter how much work you need to do you still need time to rest too. If necessary make break times a part of your lists and take them. Also to keep stress at minimum levels try to avoid making important decisions when you are stressed or overly tired.