The holiday season has come to an end, everyone is showing back up to work and it is now time to catch up on all those projects we’ve been pushing aside for the last few weeks. This can be a stressful time of year so we’d like to share with you some tips on how to effectively manage your workload.

1- MAINTAIN YOUR PHYSICAL FITNESS

If you made a new year’s resolution to exercise more, stick to the plan. Exercise has been proven as an effective way to deal with stress either on or off the job. Don’t use the excuse that you are too busy to work-out because you will likely be more effective if you take the time to exercise.

2- PRIORITIZE YOUR WORK

If everything is a priority, then nothing is a priority. Some things are truly more important than others and it pays to focus on what is important when you are overwhelmed. To help prioritize your work, make a list and assign a priority to the tasks you must accomplish. This will not only help you organize the work you need to get done, but also help decide in which order to accomplish it.

3- SCHEDULE YOUR WORK

If you schedule work it is more likely to happen rather than leaving it on a “to-do” list. Plan your work…work your plan! Use your priority list and schedule blocks of time on your calendar to accomplish tasks. If it takes other people to help accomplish a task, get those people involved and schedule time to complete the work together.

4- DELEGATE

Many leaders have Superman syndrome but when it comes down to it, there are likely others that can help you lead. Delegating tasks to subordinates and empowering them with the authority to complete the tasks is a good way to develop other workers while getting more accomplished yourself.

5- GET THE BALL OUT OF YOUR COURT

Most leadership jobs are riddled with tasks that require coordination between multiple parties. Although this type of work usually comes back around before too long, if you pass the buck you can buy a valuable few days in this critical time where others are also playing catch-up.

MG (Retired) Mike Diamond is CEO and founder of Diamond Strategy Group. Diamond Strategy Group is a leadership development and consulting company. We focus on improving the quality of leadership within organizations by utilizing the same methods Mike and his consultants have used in both military and civilian sectors.

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