What Should CIOs Do When They Feel Overwhelmed?

Figuratively speaking, there are days where the ceiling just collapses all over you. And counterintuitively, the higher up the ladder you are, the harder the ceiling hurts. What can CIOs do to push through these times (without befriending Everclear)? In a post at the Accidental Successful CIO, Dr. Jim Anderson makes some tough-love suggestions to push through the feelings of being overwhelmed.

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In the first place, Anderson says to… get over yourself. Hmm, not the first thing I would have said, but okay. Yes, Anderson says that if you are feeling overwhelmed, it probably just means that you are not asking for enough help from others. That is a problem, because while self-sufficiency is good, micro-management or weak delegation skills are bad.

He further says that, if you are in a situation where you feel overwhelmed, this situation might have happened because you allowed it to get that way. For instance, maybe you have been readily agreeing to too much new work lately, without giving thought to if you can really carry it all. If this or another pattern of behavior has enabled your current troubles, then you need to get out of that habit:

This kind of behavior can be difficult to detect. What you are going to have to do is to sit down over a weekend and take a look back at your week. What you are going to want to do is to understand how you chose to spend your time each day. What you are going to be looking for are those areas where you could have made better decisions about how you were going to be spending your time. Are there any efficiencies that you can discover? Freeing up your time will minimize your sense of feeling overwhelmed.

One more thing Anderson touches upon is the fact that overwhelmed people tend to act in unusual and aggressive ways. In other words, you might accidentally start being a jerk. If you realize in retrospect that that has happened, seek forgiveness. Better yet, try not to let it happen again.

If you want even more tough love, you can view the original post here: http://theaccidentalsuccessfulcio.com/career-2/what-should-a-cio-do-when-you-feel-overwhelmed

About John Friscia

John Friscia was the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success from 2015 through 2018. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and grew in every possible way in his time there. John graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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