Ever feel like your work is never done? Or, perhaps, like you will never catch up?
It’s because it isn’t – and you won’t.
We are fighting a losing battle with our phones, email, managers, mentors, mentees, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and about a dozen other mediums that pile up with our workloads.
But, as Stuart Smalley would say, “and that’s… okay…”
Or at least it will be if you take a few tips from The Harvard Business Review’s Guide to Getting the Right Work Done, my HMA Book Club pick of the month.
It asserts, quite simply – YOU (and I) are a limited resource. Therefore, we must admit we aren’t going to always get “it” all done – and teach ourselves how to identify the right things to accomplish and then actually do them.
Easier said than done though, right?
Maybe not, here is some of the best advice I gleaned from the book on how to actually make the above change in my own life:
9 Things Successful People Do to Get the Right Work Done
Another piece to this success puzzle is understanding delegation – both delegating and being delegated to. Because we are limited resources, clear communication is key to keeping everyone’s heads above water and everyone on task. In another great list provided in the book, the authors detail out the person being delegated the responsibility should be doing, thinking and asking formally to his/her manager to ensure success:
This really just scratches the surface of what I learned from the book. But, as I learned from the authors, I have to manage my time. Therefore, I will be taking my favorite nuggets from the book and setting the goal to write them up once a week for the next four weeks, rather than using my limited resources all in one failed swoop. Check back in for more next Tuesday!