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Hey there it's Marie Forleo and you are watching
MarieTV, the place to be to create a business

and life you love.
Now, if you feel overwhelmed at work but don't
know how to ask for or get the help that you

need, this one is for you.
Today's question comes from Candace who writes,
"Hi Marie, thanks for your beautiful wisdom,

your words and spirit inspire me so much."
Thank you.
"I'm fortunate to say that I truly love my
job so much, however, I'm stretched so thin

that I'm in a constant state of stress.
I have no help, seriously, zero help.
My position has grown and grown and I love
that, but I'm just one person, not 10.

These days I feel like my skills are not being
fully utilized because I can't possibly make

an impact in so many different areas at once.
Is it time for a change, even though it would
break my heart to leave this place?

Thanks so much, Candace."
Great question Candace.
Feeling overstretched is really a modern workplace
epidemic.

In fact, a recent study by the Families and
Workplace Institute showed that more than

half of US employees feel overworked and overwhelmed.
But to answer your question my dear, no, you
do not have to quit your job, this job that

you love, and you don't have to accept this
constant state of being stressed the freak

out.
'Cause you know what?
This type of stress that you're describing
right now, it is toxic for your health, your

happiness, and your coworkers.
Now the good news here is that there is something
you can do to make a change.

Remember my life mantra, “everything is
figureoutable,” girl, including this.

So let's get started.
Step number one, I want you to list your initial
responsibilities.

So Candace, think back to when you first started
this job, and write down the specific role

and the responsibilities that you were hired
for.

If it helps, look back at your job description
or any emails that you have from when you

first got hired.
The goal here is to list exactly what you
were brought on to do.

Here's an example.
So let's say your initial job description
was Assistant Cucumber Chopper and your initial

responsibilities were retrieving cucumbers
from the fridge, peeling cucumbers, chopping

cucumbers, and wiping up the cucumber juice.
Then you're ready for step number two, list
how much more you're doing these days.

So now what I want you to do is add to that
this, perhaps with, I don't know a different

colored pen or if you're in Google Docs, use
a different colored font.

I want you to list all of the additional tasks
that you now do.

So the goal here is to clearly identify the
full landscape of what you're responsible

for now, and show how much more you're doing
compared to what you were initially hired

to do.
In our cucumber chopper example, your new
tasks might look like this: remove cucumber

seeds, update salad menus, make ranch dressing,
manage social media including salad Insta-stories,

name new salad combos, create profit and loss
statements for salad sales, source and procure

larger cucumbers, entertain cucumber farmers.
Step number three is circle exactly what you'd
like to focus more on and why.

So now I want you to take a look at everything
on your plate and ask yourself which projects

or roles or responsibilities really fire you
up.

Which ones bring you the most energy, and
most important, bring the most value to your

team and your company?
Circle the areas you'd like to focus on more,
and then write down why that additional investment

would benefit the company.
I gotta say this part is so big, and it's
what everyone forgets.

So what specific outcomes or results could
you create if you had the time and space?

Let's say one of the things you really want
to focus on is those cucumber farmers.

Write down why that's important.
For example, will wining and dining those
cucumber farmers decrease costs by 20%?

How much money could you save your company
if you devoted three more hours a week to

this area?
Don't forget to mention ideas that you have
for projects or initiatives you'd love to

get to, but you can't because you're spread
too thin.

Step number four is propose potential solutions.
So as a boss myself Candace, I gotta say,
Team Forleo never brings a problem to my attention

without also proposing solutions.
And get this, they're always well thought
out and they're written down, it's pretty

much standard practice in our company.
So here's what I want you to do, I want you
to take a few minutes and brainstorm potential

solutions to present to your boss.
One solution might be that certain parts of
your job are handed off to another team member.

Or, maybe some of the tasks don't even need
to be done anymore.

Or, you might need to make a case for why
the company needs to hire more help.

And finally, step number five is set up a
meeting with your boss.

So now that you've done all this homework
Candace, you'll want to clean up your list

and really get your ideas into a shareable,
presentable form, because bosses, we aren't

mind readers, right?
You need to show us exactly where your job
started, how it's grown, the changes you're

proposing to make, and why they matter.
So let's assume that your boss is a busy person
and you don't just call or walk into her office,

right?
You email her to set up a time to talk, and
if you need a little sample script to get

you started, try something like this: “Hey
Cherise.

As you know, I love my job and the work that
we do here.

As my role has grown, it's become more challenging
to focus my energies on the most important

projects.
Can we walk through my priorities together
to make sure I'm focused on the right things

and doing the work that's the highest value
to the company?

It should take 20 minutes or less.
Looking forward to it.”
Now of course you should tweak this language
to fit your style and your situation, but

the point is to keep it short and upbeat.
And I promise if you follow these steps and
really do your homework, you're going to give

yourself the best chance of making a change
that both you and your boss are going to be

happy with.
Remember, in either work or life, before you
point out a glitch, brainstorm a fix.

And that was my A to your Q, Candace, I really
do hope it helps.

Now I want to hear from you.
Can you relate to Candace's struggle of being
stretched way too thin?

I know I can.
Whether you work with a team or you work for
yourself, what's the most important step that

you can take right now to make a change?
Leave a comment below and let me know.
Now as always, the best, richest conversations
happen over at the wonderful land of marieforleo.com,

so go there and leave a comment now.
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dreams, because the world needs that very

special gift that only you have.
Thank you so much for watching, and I'll catch
you next time on MarieTV.

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