Dear « Slice of life »,
“I’ve recently landed a promotion which I’m incredibly grateful for, but now the responsibilities are piling up. It’s been a steep learning curve and I feel like I’m barely keeping my head above water. I’m managing a team for the first time and I’m the go-to person for some major projects.
Plus, I’m finding it hard to switch off when I get home.
How do I cope with this newfound stress, and start feeling like I’m in control and not just surviving?”
Overwhelmed and Worried>
Dear Overwhelmed and Worried,
Firstly, congratulations on your promotion! This is a significant achievement and a clear indication of your capabilities and potential. Feeling overwhelmed is completely normal during such transitions. There are a few steps you can take to make this experience more manageable.
Believe in yourself – you were selected for this role for a reason, trust that reason. Your employer clearly saw potential in you to be successful in this elevated position.
Prioritize your tasks and time. Organizing your schedule will help manage the demands of your new role and personal life. There are many task management and scheduling apps that may be helpful.
Delegating is a game changer. Try gradually assigning tasks to your team members, which will not only lightened your load but also empower them. You don’t have to do it all.
It’s important to communicate openly with your team and superiors. If you’re finding the workload too much, speak up. important to learn from others. No one expects you to know everything overnight, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.
Lastly, do not neglect your wellness. Set clear boundaries for when you’re off-duty and ensure you make time for relaxation. A bit of stress management, like meditation, exercise, or simple deep breathing can make a world of difference. Why not try introducing a daily walk. It should help you clear your head and feel more relaxed.
Remember, change is a process, not a switch. With time and patience, you will get more comfortable and confident in your role. In the end, all these challenges contribute to your growth.
You’ve got this!
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