How many projects do you have open? Ever begin a new one while there was still sooo much left to do on the others? Because you had
to, right? If you’re anything like me, you have multiple projects going at one time, most of them somewhere just below or above the halfway mark of getting done. They’re sitting there, lounging about in various stages of undress, thumbing their noses at you and beckoning the rest of the world to have a looksee at how disorganized you are….
…Or is that only me?
Who are you accountable to? Accountability is one of the foundation stones of success. When one rises through the ranks of a company they are accountable to their direct management. The higher you go up the ladder, you become more and more accountable to the customer. At every level we are accountable to the customer, but of all that you are accountable to, which is most important? In my life I am accountable to my wife and my son over all else. As I work towards success, however, they are not undermining and plotting against it. Instead they support and encourage and so momentum toward the goal happens.
Getting in touch with your intuition is increasingly important these days for reducing stress from information overload.
- Should you look at your Facebook feed tonight?
- Which movie in your huge "to watch" list online do you view?
- Which book in your increasing "to read" digital list do you read?
- How about which websites, emails, classes or online groups should you visit, read, attend or join?
The list is endless and only getting longer as the digital age grows more flexible and accessible in our daily lives.
You’ve probably heard the statement “Begin with the end in mind” sometime in your life. It is a great guiding principle and also one you might fail to use when getting caught up in the many details that are part of planning and goal setting. When a group is involved in creating a plan, the process can become even more complicated as various parties jockey to get their ideas heard and incorporated. Like me, you’ve probably endured far too many meetings wondering if a plan would ever be conceived.
Is there a Land of the Paper Mountain? For a lot of folks, they visit that mountain every day - it's on their desk! Don't set fire to it - put it away! Oh stop complaining, you can do it, I know that you can. It's easy to get your ducks in a row - here, I'll help.I offered some tips in an earlier blog about file management on your computer. It's the same principle on paper, except that you have to have a place to put paper. First step? Um, get a place to put the paper. Duh. Depending on the size of your mountain, buy a file cabinet, get one of the many organizational systems in office supply stores, or if you must, use boxes. You'll need hanging file folders and manila or colored folders too. If you want to get fancy, buy yourself some folder labels to write or type on. One thing you can't buy - patience! It's an easy task, but it does take time.
For many years I worked for multiple supervisors and learned how to efficiently juggle multiple projects. I do not believe in the ever-popular term "multi-tasking" because if you're juggling several balls you cannot focus on any of them. However I do work well with what I think of as sequential multi-tasking. I prioritize in this way.