Prevention won't always work, so prepare to manage the situation when tasks are slipping. Bring it to people's attention in a matter-of-fact way. If you tend to hold things in until you explode at people, practice requesting assistance calmly. Get a friend or colleague to practice with you so that you learn to express yourself instead of backing off and just doing the extra work.
Recognize that others just might not buy in. If they don't step up, ask yourself if everything really needs to get done? If not, back off and let it go.
Stand up for yourself, and set realistic expectations. You'll move out from being overloaded to being part of a more balanced team.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Liz Reyer is a credentialed coach with more than 20 years of business experience. Her company, Reyer Coaching & Consulting, offers services for organizations of all sizes. Submit questions or comments about this column at www.deliverchange.com/coachscorner or email her at ...@deliverchange.com.
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