Ask an expert: How to survive your workload during tax time

Learning how to prioritize, say no, and take time for yourself can help you get through this tax season without falling victim to stress.

Organize with the brain in mind. Heavy workloads, chaos and clutter can trigger a stress response and shut down the brain's ability for critical thinking. Take extra care to stay organized this season. Write out to-do lists; prioritize, create action plans and clean up excess clutter to create optimal conditions to help you focus.

Triage. Identify the absolute essentials and commit to those tasks first. Then park or reschedule other things that can wait.

Learn to say no. Saying no is hard for many people but saying yes to more than you can handle will do no one any good. Set boundaries and consider writing up a not-to-do list. Learn to say "no" or "not now" by communicating responsibly, with empathy and confidence.

Ease up on the multitasking. Excessive multitasking can get you a first-class ticket to brain drain and fatigue. Try to limit the juggling, manage distractions and schedule some focus time in your day. You will be rewarded with more energy, productivity and clear thinking.

Make time for self-care and sleep. Don't skimp out on sleep and other self-care activities. Your brain needs six to nine quality hours of sleep to restore itself each night. As for exercise, do what you can even if it's less than you'd like. Don't try to manage this busy season on half a battery. You will need all the energy you can get.

Stay positive. Too much negativity can impede one's thinking capacity and overall well-being. Rein in that cranky mood and ramp up your daily doses of positivity. This can broaden your brain's capacity and boost your potential for success. Count your blessings daily. Give thanks to others for their good work. Savour the joyful and positive moments every day. Connect with people. Get a laugh. Look forward to the future. The possibilities are endless.

About the Author

Eileen Chadnick


Eileen Chadnick of Big Cheese Coaching is author of Ease: Manage Overwhelm in Times of "Crazy Busy"

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