Are you feeling overworked? You’re not alone. In fact, many workers around the world are feeling burnt out.
Does it feel like your daily to-do list is turning into more of a novel than a checklist? It can be hard to keep up with the demands placed on you. CIPD launched their new survey, UK Working Lives, to find out just how overworked people in the workforce feel. With 6,000 respondents, they were able to get a pretty sizeable sample of the nation. While the majority (64%) of people were feeling satisfied with their job, some other interesting news came to light. While most senior management feels very satisfied with their work, middle management can’t say the same.
More than a third (35%) of these workers said that they find themselves with too much work to do. as a result of this, it is not also surprising that almost one in four (23%) middle ranking employees regularly felt under excessive pressure.
This feeling of being overworked isn’t limited to the UK alone, either. It’s a widespread issue with some very troubling news popping up in Japan. We’ve all heard about the overtime culture and how many hours Japanese people put in at work. One paper has claimed that 63 public school teachers have died due to overwork during a 10-year period. They even have a name for death by overwork, “karoshi.” During the years of 2007-2016, 92 applications for certification of death by overwork were received and 63 of those were certified. That doesn’t even cover those families who grieve in silence rather than fie a report.
“Because awareness of working hours in schools has lagged behind, the reality is that it is difficult to even apply for government worker compensation,” said Professor Nobumoto Higuchi, who specialises in education at Meisei University.
“If the government is to promote work-style reform for educators, then it needs to first grasp the reality of the deaths caused by overwork – the worst result of long working hours.”
While it seems to be that there is no end in sight to the amount of work being piled on, the solution is to either find another job or try to manage your time better. It seems pretty bleak, I know, but there are some ways that you can seek out more productivity by manipulating the time you spend at work. Forbes writer, John Rampton, has really outdone himself with his list of 20 time manipulation tips. Check out my favorite tips below!
1. Create a time audit.
If you really want to see where your time goes in a day, you should create a time audit. There are loads of apps out there that can do this for you. They’ll tell you where you’re spending the majority of your time and you adjust accordingly.
6. Learn to delegate/outsource.
You can’t do everything yourself. Here at AccelaWork, we know how tough it can be to accept such a thought, but you really have to learn how to delegate some tasks to others. You may think you’re the king or queen of multitasking, but you’ll only end up hurting your productivity.
7. Eliminate half-work.
Half-work is a common problem. Have you ever been in the middle of a task and your phone rings, pulling you away from completing it? Maybe your email notification dings and that project gets forgotten. Eliminate these distractions and stop partially finishing your work!
19. Batch similar task together.
Do you have some tasks on your list that are similar? Maybe you have to check emails and voicemails throughout the day. Or you have some data entry and filing to do. Rather than split up your time touching on these tasks separately throughout the day, group them together and handle them all at once!