It’s great to have goals and set priorities. But, what happens when you simply can’t get everything done despite priorities?
Realize that scenario will happen. At some point, push comes to shove and you are going to have to make some decisions.
Re-prioritize your list.
Ask yourself if there are any deadlines that can be moved. What would need to happen in order to make that work? Who would you need to involve in this decision? Move up to the top of your to-do list any action items involving changing deadlines – then return to focus on your priority.
Or, ask yourself if you can delegate? What can you move off of your plate? There is a right and wrong way to delegate at work. Check out the Wall Street Journal’s advice. One tip is to focus your delegating on strengths and weaknesses of those you can delegate to. Instead of focusing on who isn’t busy or who likes you and you can convince them to take the task, focus on who is really a good match for the task. If you do so, the task will get done. It is less likely it will bounce back on your desk or end up done incorrectly.
Until next time …