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Essential Skill for Reducing End of Year Overwhelm

Written by Karen Muggleton

Essential Skill for Reducing End of Year Overwhelm

It’s the time of year when we all start to feel the pressure.  Diaries start to fill with end of year events, and for some, incomplete goals trigger a need to work harder, and faster.  Trying to fit more into everyday stretches our capacity, and puts tension into already busy workplaces.  We start to ask, what can help us remain effective and high functioning, when there’s just so much to fit in to each day?  How can we manage the overwhelm?

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a life skill that helps us better navigate overwhelm and the complexities that face us and our workplaces each day.  It involves an ability to recognise, understand and manage our emotions well.  Put simply, emotions are the result of our perception of what happens to, and around us, and those perceptions drive our feelings and emotions.  The good news is, EI is a learnable skill and with focus, we can start to manage our EI well, and in turn, elevate our effectiveness, wellbeing, relationships, and quality of life.

Leaders say the top issues at work are People Issues

When asked “what are the top issues for you at work” leaders report that 76% of issues are on the people/relational side, and only 24% are on the finance/technical side.  Given emotions drive people, and people/relationships drive results, helping your people develop their EI is an essential step for sustaining and future proofing your business. It’s not surprising that organisations which prioritise EI development are benefiting with much higher sales, stronger customer loyalty and healthier workplaces. 

So how do you fix it? 

EI growth is a journey, not a destination.  It requires honest self-awareness and the decision that you’re prepared to explore how you think and the impact of your thoughts and actions.  You can start with 3 simple steps:

  • Notice and acknowledge what you feel and do
  • Be more deliberate with what you do – do what you really mean to do
  • Align yourself with what’s important

What can you do to support yourself and others through the end of year overwhelm?

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