Unreasonable Workloads

Posted by Deanna Singh | Feb 11, 2020 11:46:24 AM

Are you placing an unreasonable workload on yourself to get things done? One time I stressed myself out at work while trying to go to graduate school, be a new mother, and work a fulltime job.  Check out this week's fail in the #Failsume.

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new baby, work, and school

I just had a baby, I was going to graduate school, and I had a full-time job. It was way too much!

I asked my supervisor if I could move my role to 80% time so I could have one day at home with the baby and have some more time to do my school work. 

I thought I was so brilliant!

In execution, though, I failed.  I did 80% in the office like I agreed but then I took home the other 20%!

The result: I was working more and getting paid less!  Sometimes, I even worked more than 20%.

Fortunately, I was able to talk to my supervisor and we fixed it even though it took me a while to set my expectations.  It was so important.

We have all been in this moment where we are overstretched.  This is what I did to fix it. 


1.  over communicate 

Tell people what is going on and what you are actually doing.  You can’t expect people to help you make a change if they don’t even know that there is an issue. 

2.  Take breaks  

You can’t work all of the time.  It is not good for you and it is not good for your work product.  So, if you find yourself in a space where the work/life harmony is just not there, be kind to yourself and recognize that it is OK to admit it. 

3.  be kind to yourself 

Keep your INTERNAL narrative in check.  Is someone doing it TO YOU? Or are you doing it to yourself?  It may help to get the perspective of someone you trust. 


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Topics: Skills, Life, Initiative, leadership, personal development

Written by Deanna Singh

Deanna Singh is a business consultant, speaker, and podcaster who is internationally recognized for her work in leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Deanna helps her clients create more equitable and inclusive work environments and engage more authentically within their internal and external communities. A gifted communicator, she is a champion for marginalized communities through her work. Her podcast, Uplifting Impact with a focus on looking at the intersection of Leadership and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, focuses on solutions and is directed at people who want to break the status quo. Singh earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Fordham University, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Cornell University.

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