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When you’re a bit overwhelmed, do your best to help your team

The title says it all, but the second half is a bit more nuanced. 

You want to make sure that when you’re struggling, that you’re not giving up and you’re always thinking of how you can make it better. 

We’re always learning.

So, to help you navigate your way through these moments, here are some quick suggestions for when you might be overwhelmed. 

1.

Think of what you need to do for the moment to make it work. 

This is the one I’m most familiar with and it applies to all of us. 

It’s a little more nuanced than “I’m overwhelmed right now” because the focus here is on the short term, while the long term is what really matters. 

When I was in college, I spent a lot of time planning for the future and how to use my career to build my brand. 

I’m very proud of that, and the best thing I can do is think about what I can accomplish in the next week. 

2. 

Take time to think about the things you want to accomplish next. 

One of the biggest mistakes I see people make when they’re overwhelmed is thinking that they can just work through it and get back to the work.

That’s not the best way to deal with the situation. 

Instead, it’s better to think of what it takes to make the situation work and how you need those things to be. 

The most important thing you can do to get things moving in the right direction is to take a step back and think about where you’re at in the process. 

For example, what are you focusing on right now? 

Are you getting enough sleep?

Are you having enough quality time with your family? 

How about making the most of the time you have with them? 

These are all things that can get you to a place where you can be productive. 

3. 

If you’re really struggling, just ask for help. 

Many people who struggle with their work often get really, really angry. 

They think that they’re the problem and that they should just do something about it. 

But when you have a problem, you don’t just complain. 

That just makes things worse. 

Rather, you can start to find ways to solve the problem. 

Ask for help in a different way than you would with a normal, non-urgent task. 

Say, for example, that the other person who you’re trying to fix is a friend of yours. 

And you ask for a little help.

Instead of just saying, “I’ll get back in touch with you” or “I need to talk about this” ask if the person you’re fixing can just call you and talk to you for a few minutes. 

4. 

Talk about the work you’re doing. 

Sometimes, you might feel like you’re overwhelmed because you’ve just spent the last four hours or so doing something and you can’t seem to get anything done. 

To help you through this time, make sure you keep a list of things that are important to you and things you’d like to do. 

In my experience, this is the most helpful way to keep track of what’s important to your team. 

5. 

Make time to meet with your team or friends. 

Everyone has different priorities, so it can be tempting to get caught up in the moment and not do anything. 

However, don’t get caught off guard by the moment. 

What’s important is that you remember what you care about and work hard to achieve that. 

Again, the more you get caught in the middle of it, the less you can accomplish. 

6. 

Be a team player. 

Having a good team is so important, so make sure to work together to find the right solution. 

Here are a few ways to get started: Find people to work with to find solutions. 

Find ways to make a difference with your friends and family. 

Create a team resource page. 

Write down your challenges and work through them. 

 Make sure you’re on the same page as your team and that you can reach out to them if they have any questions. 

7. 

Do something to help.

One of my biggest mistakes in life is to not be actively involved in helping my team.

I have a really hard time getting my mind around how much I love the work I do, so when I’m struggling, I don’t know what to do other than try to figure out what I need to work on. 

At the end of the day, I feel like I can’t do much more than sit back and watch what’s going on around me. 8. 

Listen to your gut. 

No matter how much you want your team to succeed, you’ll always be doing things in a limited way