Inheriting New Duties at Work

February 8, 2012
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What happens when you gain new responsibilities at work? Sometimes it is very difficult to organize your time in such a way that you continue to complete your previous tasks and manage to complete your new responsibilities. If you are the type of person that likes to complete things right away, this can cause undo stress and anxiety.

Efficient multitasking takes practice and familiarity with your responsibilities. It is perfectly normal to feel a bit anxious about your new duties. In fact, it even shows responsibility. The most important thing to do is simply relax. In time, you will be an expert in dealing with multiple demands and organizing your time.

Here are a few tips for taking on new duties from your friends at Dale Carnegie Training of Maryland and the DC Metro Area:

  • Make a to-do list — Prioritize duties with most importance and reward yourself when you cross an item off.
  • Set realistic goals — Break up each task into small steps and just do it. Start small and you will be amazed how easy it is to finish.
  • Work on one thing at a time — Multitasking is good if you are familiar with your duties. When you are new at something, concentrate on that one thing until you master it.
  • Stay focused — Avoid distractions, minimize interruptions, and concentrate on the project at hand.
  • Think positively — Instead of dreading a task, overcome negative feelings by thinking of the enjoyment and the relief of getting the job done.

Bonus: For more information on inheriting new duties at work attend our upcoming “Strictly Business: The Dale Carnegie Immersion Seminar” workshop, being conveniently held in Vienna, VA and Fort Meade, MD on March 7 and 12, respectively.

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Photo credit: Stuart Miles

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