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Dear Therapist,  Infectious Disease

Timesheet Anxiety

Timesheets! It should be a synonym for micromanaging. This stupid style of managing work has got me feeling wired and under a lot of stress. How do I manage it better?

Timesheet Slave

WFH has left your micromanaging boss clueless about how many minutes you spend drinking tea, eating lunch, or in the loo during your workday. This has pushed your boss to use one of the least effective tools for time management, timesheets, to watch over you. Timesheets do not make anyone feel good about them.
The structure of the tool makes each minute of yours accountable to someone else, thus taking away your sense of control over your own time. In addition, ineffective planning often creates a negative feedback loop where one feels they have not done enough and the truth is most of us are victim to this. We always over estimate our ability and thus set goals according to it, thus always feeling like we have not done enough. This creates feelings of guilt, anxiety, worthlessness and helplessness and then avoidance and resistance to complete our timesheets.
My suggestion is observe your ability to work for week – do not judge yourself at the end of the day. Once you truly understand your working ability then set expectations or goals and work towards it. Timesheets are not your checklist, they are just meant to be mindful observers of your day.
Nonetheless, if this continues to feel overwhelming I recommend you bring it up with HR or your manager.

Meet your therapist
Priyanka Varma Clinical Psychologist
She believes emotional and mental health care are at the very core of us experiencing happiness in our life. Her qualifications include a Masters in Clinical Psychology and in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Priyanka enjoys working with young adults and understanding life as it changes with intrusions like the internet and the pandemic. Above everything else her true love is homemade chocolate cake.

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