Overcoming Workload Paralysis

We all have times where we completely overextend ourselves and take on way more responsibilities and obligations than we should.  This can lead to workload or task paralysis, which triggers a freeze response that prevents you from moving forward.  This phenomenon can have a significant impact on your productivity, performance, and overall mental health.  The feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, and dread can be debilitating and paralyzing.

The best way to overcome task paralysis is to shrink the elephant.  Begin by making a list of every single task/project you need to get done and then take it a step further and break each task into microtasks.  Then triage each task according to deadlines and priorities.  This will help you develop a clear plan of attack to get the never-ending to-do list done.  Next step is to group tasks according to how long they will take (quick vs. long) and then start with the easy stuff. The worst thing you can do is nothing.

Read more about task paralysis and strategies for effectively managing it below:  https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/12/well/mind/task-paralysis.html

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