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Overworked and Overwhelmed

Overworked and Overwhelmed – Join Our #MTtalk

August 16, 2016

Please join us!

What: #MTtalk

Where: Twitter

When: Friday, Aug 19, 2016 @ 1pm EST (5pm GMT)

Topic: Overworked and Overwhelmed

Host: @Mind_Tools

About this week’s chat

“When you wake in the morning and are afraid of the day it is time to find the love deep in your heart.” – Tom Rhodes (@tomj_rhodes)

“So that’s it then,” I said out loud to the imaginary friend sitting next to me. “That’s what I need to do when I wake up feeling afraid of the day. I need to give myself more love.” And suddenly it all made sense…

Being overworked and feeling overwhelmed are the reality of many people’s lives today. And self-love is often the last thing we practice when feeling overworked and overwhelmed.

But why are we so overworked, and does it only mean that we have too much work to do? Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that.

The word “overworked” can mean doing more work than you have the capacity for. It depends on the individual, though. A workload that makes you feel overworked will be the optimal amount for someone else.

“Overworked” can also mean constantly working long hours. Many of us go into our offices early and leave late because we have so much to do. And if that isn’t enough, we take work home with us, too. Being connected can make us available for 24 hours a day. Taking work calls and responding to work emails at home has become the norm for many people.

But our “formal” work isn’t the only work that we do. When we close the office door at night, we still need to take care of our families and to pay time and attention to our loved ones. We need to do household chores, find time to exercise, and do community or volunteer work.

Overworking will slowly but surely deplete your mental and physical energy reserves, and it may lead you to feel overwhelmed. But feeling overwhelmed is, to an extent, dependent on how you think about what you do – a combination of how much external pressure you feel and how much you pressure yourself to achieve. You may set unrealistic goals for yourself, procrastinate to start, and then bash yourself for being a “loser,” only to set another unrealistic goal that makes you feel even more overwhelmed. Eventually, you wake up, afraid of the day.

We’d love to hear your opinions and experiences of being overworked and overwhelmed. Here are some questions to get you thinking:

  • How can feeling overworked and overwhelmed feed one another?
  • What distinction do you make between being overworked and feeling overwhelmed?
  • In what ways are you responsible for being overworked and feeling overwhelmed?
  • What strategies do you use when feeling overwhelmed?


To help you prepare for the chat, we’ve compiled a list of resources for you.

At Mind Tools, we believe that we can all learn from one another and we’d love you to participate in this week’s #MTtalk Twitter chat. We look forward to hearing your thoughts, ideas and experiences this Friday at 1pm EST (5pm GMT). Remember, we feature great participant responses right here on our blog every week!

How to join

Follow us on Twitter to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the action on Friday! We’ll be tweeting out 10 questions during our hour-long chat. To participate in the chat, type #MTtalk in the Twitter search function. Then, click on “All Tweets” and you’ll be able to follow the live chat feed. You can join the chat by using the hash tag #MTtalk in your responses.

3 thoughts on “Overworked and Overwhelmed – Join Our #MTtalk

  1. Rebel wrote:

    Oh gosh…this is me:
    “You may set unrealistic goals for yourself, procrastinate to start, and then bash yourself for being a “loser,” only to set another unrealistic goal that makes you feel even more overwhelmed. Eventually, you wake up, afraid of the day.”
    Not only just afraid of the day…paralyzed with fear. Getting off this crazy merry-go-round that I’m pushing myself into is up to me – and only me.

  2. Tom Rhodes wrote:

    Yolanda, it is as if you wrote a post about my life. I have struggled with this for several years and just realized that if I don’t have belief in and love for myself I can never be the person I want to be or that my kids and friends need me to be.
    Great post and I am honored you used my quote.

    1. Yolande Conradie wrote:

      I’m glad to hear that it resonated with you, Tom. I think many of us are caught up in this cycle of being overworked and feeling overwhelmed – and we’re not even sure how to get out of it!
      If you’d like to share some of your experience with us during our #MTtalk chat, we’d be happy to have you there.


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