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To reduce the stress you feel during peak workloads, it helps to be prepared. Think about the times when you're at your busiest, like during popular vacation times or before a monthly board meeting, and plan ahead to tackle the extra work.
Q: My organization has peaks and valleys when it comes to workloads. The peaks are stressful for me and my team, and I could use some tips on how to survive them. What can I do to avoid getting crushed in the busy times?
A: Most of us struggle with the ups and downs of our work, but there are ways to reduce the stress you’re feeling.
Think about when you’re at your busiest. Maybe it’s just before your annual conference, or maybe it’s when you have to do a week’s worth of preparation for a monthly board meeting. Your workload also might increase during popular vacation times, when you need to pick up the slack for team members who are away from the office.
It may not seem like you’re in control while you’re in the middle of your busy seasons, but you can prepare for them because they’re time bound. Obviously, you know ahead of time when your conference is, and you know when your staff members will take vacation time because you approve it.
It may not seem like you’re in control while you’re in the middle of your busy seasons, but you can prepare for them because they’re time bound.
So, during one of the slower periods, think about these questions: