The past couple of weeks have been very stressful, not because I've been working hard, but because I've been unable to get as much work done as I would have liked to. First came Hurricane Sandy which left my house (which doubles as my office) without power for five days. That meant I couldn't work. Then I hosted my parents while my mom recuperated from minor surgery. Now I'm trying to catch up.
I'm usually good at planning for time off from work. When I go on a vacation for example, I typically double up on my work the week before. While I'm exhausted by the time I leave, my mind is clear knowing I've completed all my tasks. This time was different. I knew I would need to have a light workload while I took care of my mom. What I couldn't have anticipated was not having the week prior to her surgery to double up on my work. So now I'm feeling stressed out just thinking of what I need to do over the next few weeks.
To keep myself from feeling too overwhelmed, I'm going to take some the advice from my article Time Management Tips. I'm going to write prioritized to do lists, make sure my work area is well-organized and I'm going to avoid burning the midnight oil.
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