Feeling overwhelmed, by perhaps so many things to do, could be a sensation known to each of us I suspect. Looking at the agenda, or even the pile of items on our desk requiring our attention, has the power to make even the best of us cringe from time to time.
That the sense of being overwhelmed is rarely permanent suggests we are able to manage most days without great difficulties. Problems begin with the arrival of unexpected assignments, often handed to us at the last minute and with absurd deadlines attached to them.
There will be occasions we can refuse to get involved with activities not strictly related to our priorities. Yet a refusal is not always an option. In such situations, no matter how overwhelmed we may think we are, energy has to be found to deal with the latest task placed on our shoulders.
In a way our past success at coping with ridiculous requests has given out the message we are people who have the ability to ‘get the job done’. Nobody, it seems, cares to know if we are overwhelmed or not. As such and once again, we just have to get on with getting it all done…
Thanks for taking the time out from a probably busy schedule to read this ‘Overwhelmed‘ post today.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Performance skills at work (2015), Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).