If you have bitten off more than you can chew, things can get stressful very quickly. Instead of hitting the panic button, Whitney Johnson — co-founder of investment first Rose Park Advisors — suggests relying on S.O.S: Stop, Organise, Secure.
Johnson explains the concept:
As uncomfortable as it may feel, don’t just do something — stand there. When you stop, you conserve emotional and physical reserves and preserve your political capital. Next, organise, assessing the situation and appraising what you need to do to regain your buoyancy. As for securing what you need to succeed, in the best of situations, you’ll be able to ask for and get the help you need. Even in a less trusting work environment, help from the right people and the right places can make a difference.
Of the three, organising is perhaps the most difficult step when there are too many tasks staring you in the face. It helps to know how to prioritise when everything is important.
If You’re in Over Your Head at Work, Try an S.O.S. [Harvard Business Review]