8 keys to regaining control of your workday

Busy tasks and incessant outside requests will sap your time, energy and cheerful disposition. Try these approaches to set and maintain your priorities.

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How to regain control at work

Are you feeling over-tasked at work, maybe even overwhelmed?

If so, you’re not alone. This out-of-control feeling is a perpetual state of existence for too many. It’s exhausting, and frankly it’s not sustainable, particularly if you take pride in doing great work. If you’re caught up in that vortex of too much work costing you too much time, take these steps to regain control:

1. Master your calendar.

I work with many clients to audit their calendars, and it’s not uncommon for us to reclaim 20% or more of that precious real estate. From eliminating recurring status meetings to refining your operating meetings, there’s gold to mine on the calendar. Minimize the power people have for scheduling you as well. As needed, block out “You time” to focus on your priorities.

2. Reconsider running your one-on-one sessions weekly.

It might sound like heresy to suggest reducing contact and coaching, but it could improve the quality of your one-on-ones. Team members have different needs for connection and coaching, and not everyone needs to see you in this capacity every single week. Some prefer added time between sessions to put the coaching ideas to work and engage in professional development work. Ask for their preferences, and suggest meeting fortnightly.

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