Don’t Get Overwhelmed by Competing Demands – Weekly Update

Don’t Get Overwhelmed by Competing Demands – Weekly Update

Ken Meyer, SHRM-SCP, SPHR | Principal, KWM HR Consulting LLC

In the fast-paced world of modern business, it’s all too easy to find ourselves juggling multiple priorities simultaneously. As the President of New York City SHRM, I understand the immense pressure that comes with managing a dynamic organization, and I’ve learned some effective strategies to prevent overwhelming situations from taking control. Here are some insights I’d like to share:

  • Prioritizing and Delegating: Start by determining the most crucial tasks. Not everything is equally important, and by identifying your top priorities, you can allocate your time and resources effectively. Delegation is key. Surround yourself with a competent team and empower them to take ownership of tasks within their skillset. Trust your team and free up your bandwidth for the truly strategic decisions.
  • Time Management: Embrace time-management tools and techniques to streamline your daily activities. Whether it’s using productivity apps and/or time-blocking, these methods can help you regain control over your schedule. A well-organized day can do wonders in reducing stress.
  • Learning to Say No: As leaders, we often feel compelled to say “yes” to every request. However, this can lead to spreading yourself too thin. Be selective about the commitments you take on and ensure that they align with your priorities and strategic goals.
  • Self-Care: Don’t neglect self-care. Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep are essential for maintaining your mental and physical well-being. Taking care of yourself will not only boost your resilience but will also enhance your decision-making abilities.
  • Continuous Learning: Stay updated on the latest leadership and time-management trends. Attend workshops, read books, and engage with peer groups to exchange ideas and experiences. Continuous learning equips you with the knowledge to make more informed decisions.
  • Adaptability: Finally, embrace change and remain adaptable. The business landscape is constantly evolving, and by staying flexible, you’ll be better equipped to navigate unexpected challenges.

In a world filled with competing demands, it’s crucial to find the right balance between work and life. By implementing these strategies, you can prevent yourself from getting too overwhelmed and ensure a more effective and fulfilling leadership journey.

Be well.


President, New York City SHRM

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