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10 ways to deal with a heavy workload

Mar 06, 2014

It can be really daunting to be faced with a huge workload and the feeling that a million things need doing at once.  The key is to first prioritise, then get organised.


1.Assess the situation

Putting things down in writing can really help you see which tasks are the most important ones. Try to sort them by order of importance.


2.Create a to-do list

From this assessment, a clear picture should emerge as to what needs dealing with immediately and what can be put on the back burner for a while.


3.Stick to the plan

It is very easy to get distracted by upcoming tasks, but if you stick to the schedule you have put together, you will realise the benefits very quickly.


4.Take one step at a time

Confront each task separately. Deal with it until it’s over before moving to the next one.


5.Deal with the neglected tasks regularly

Whether you choose to deal with them yourself, delegate or outsource them, some “avoided” tasks should be dealt with on a regular basis. Avoiding them only makes them get bigger and harder to deal with.


6.Set realistic deadlines

Allocate a realistic timescale to each task to ensure you stick to it. Your list could easily get out of control if you ignored it.


7.Iron out distractions

It is so easy to get distracted, especially when dealing with the most difficult tasks. So try to isolate yourself from all possible distractions. This might mean not giving yourself access to phones or emails if at all possible.



Organisation is often the key to efficiency. Working in an organised manner tends to produce better results.


9.Get help

If you are able to get some help, do not hesitate to ask. That little helping hand could help you get back to where you should be and make the entire process a lot less daunting and more achievable.


10.Deal with the unexpected

Be prepared for your day to be interrupted by new tasks or external requests. If urgent, deal with them; if not, add them to your list.



Karen Horne


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