Strategies for Managing a Chaotic Workload

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May 17, 2012 — 2,846 views  
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People who want to stand out to their employers often try to get as much work done as possible in allotted periods of time. However, heavy workloads can make time management extremely difficult. Consider some of the following tips that will help improve task prioritization and ensure everything is done on time.

Multiple resources

One theory of time management holds multi-tasking is only difficult when more than one activity uses the same kind of mental resource. For instance, talking on the phone and writing an unrelated text both tax verbal functions. Therefore, disparate work can be accomplished simultaneously, such as sorting papers and dictating a letter, as long as they are governed by different internal resources.

The 80/20 rule

Some people believe as little as 20 percent of all work requires 80 percent of a person's time. Therefore, carefully divide work into that which is time consuming and that which is able to be performed quickly and allocate hours spent at the office accordingly.

Parkinson's Law

According to Lifehack, British historian Cyril Parkinson believed part of the problem with efficient workers is that they know they'll appear lazy if they finish work quickly and are left with plenty of free time. Therefore, they stretch out how much they accomplish and waste valuable hours. Perform tasks thoroughly as quickly as possible and find out what more you can do to help out at work. 

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