Thursday, 2:25 PM — You’re working on a project that has a Friday deadline. Co-workers sent information to you later than promised, so you’re feeling a little behind. You happen to take a quick glance at your inbox. The 2 unread emails have all of a sudden turned into 86 unread emails. At the same time, your phone starts to ring, and someone from your team comes over to ask a budget question. Feeling slightly stressed yet?
When you’re pulled in multiple directions (especially unexpectedly) it can be hard to get your concentration back. Instead of just focusing on the project, you are now thinking about returning that person’s call, helping your team find the right answer, and responding to all those emails. It can be hard to place priority on what comes next when your mind is rushing — and even harder to maintain complete presence and focus on. I use the below techniques to help settle down both my mind and body, and it allows me to regain control of the situation.
Like meditation practice, if at any time you find your mind wandering while you are practicing the three tips, just acknowledge the fact that you’ve drifted and bring yourself back to the techniques.
In the end, the best thing to do when overwhelmed at work is to take a step back. You owe it to yourself to take a few moments to regain composure, and to remind yourself that you are more than capable to tackle the rest of this day!
Originally published at medium.com