I Am Swamped With Work And Failing To Meet Deadlines. What Should I Do?

Question from the job seeker
I am a corporate lawyer working in a corporate law firm. I have been working here for three months and I like my job. However, recently I have started feeling like there is too much work pressure on me and I am unable to handle all the work by myself. I have started missing deadlines and the quality of my work is being compromised. The reason for this is that I am reporting to two people other than my manager. Now apart from the work given to me by my manager, I also have to finish the tasks given to me by these people. The work load has increased manifolds and since I am failing to meet the deadlines, my manager is not so happy with me. I am at a loss as to how to deal with the situation. I cannot refuse the seniors to do their work as it will create more difficulties for me in the long run. I have tried to stall their work but then they get upset with me. Please help me find a solution to the problem so that I can deal with the problem effectively without putting my job in jeopardy.

Khalid Cheema

Answer from Rozee Team

Dear Khalid,
Your confusion and frustration can be understood as there is nothing more trying than to fail to do the work you are being assigned. Moreover, since they are your seniors you cannot say no to them which make your situation even more troubling. However, there are a few things you can do that will help you in dealing with the situation easily:

  • Keep in mind that your immediate manager should be your first priority. You have to make sure that you finish the work assigned to you by your manager first of all. If you are being asked to do work by other people, priority should be the work given to you by your manager. If your manager is happy with your work, he will be more receptive to listening to your problems and finding a solution.
  • If you are failing to complete the work on time, evaluate your work routine and try to make sure that you do not have time management issues. Sometimes people fail to handle the amount of work because they are working without any schedule and waste a lot of time. With proper time management you can finish the same amount of work in the given time.
  • If you still feel that the failure to complete tasks on time is due to too much work load then you should talk to your manager. Make sure that you document all the work that you do in a day and then talk to the manager. Make a strong point by telling him how much work you are doing in a certain time period and then ask him to ease the work load a little bit.
  • Make sure that you do not appear whiny or desperate when talking to the manager. Be logical and concise. Make your point and leave it at that. Do not keep pushing your point. Once you have talked to the manager, leave it to him to take care of the problem.

Keep in mind that the harder you work the more successful you will be in your life. So even if you are feeling overloaded with work, try to accomplish the most that you can within your limits.

Best of Luck,
Rozee Team