You may have noticed how quiet it’s been around here lately.
I’ve been gone more than I’ve been home in the past 2 weeks. I bet you can guess what I came back to – lots of email, lots of voice mail, lots to do.
These days, we all work so fast that it’s easy to get behind.
We put so much pressure on ourselves to work hard and fast, that when we take time out of our offices, things pile up. Since I know so many of you experience this too, I thought I’d share a bit about how I’m handling my time management.
First, I had to realize that not everything will get done. And that’s okay. You might have noticed that I didn’t post on my blog at all last week. I didn’t like that at all, but there wasn’t anything I could do about. Beating myself up for not keeping up would not have been productive, so I didn’t do that.
Next, I had to prioritize the things that needed my full attention and figure out what I could do with the time I have now that I’m back. I can’t get everything done, so I have to make some choices. I chose to delegate a few things and delete a few others. Yep, I have completely dumped a couple of tasks on my ‘to-do’ list. (And guess what? Nothing bad happened!)
Finally, I made some plans about how I can do things different next time. I’m going to have more times like this in the next couple of months, so I’m already thinking about how I can manage my work, my time, and my energy. I don’t like feeling behind and I don’t like how my energy sinks when I feel overwhelmed. So, by preparing for the next time this might happen, I can completely avoid this situation.
How about you? What do you do when you get behind? I’d love to hear from you.