These days, due to a combination of circumstances, including the whims of government agencies, non-profit organizations, private sector clients and – no doubt – serious sunspot activity, I’m currently juggling more competing deadlines than you could shake a Palm Pilot at.
As I try to stay sane and meet my responsibilities, I’ve made up a list of do’s and don’ts to help me through this time. I’m sharing it with you, just in case anyone out there can relate.
Ha ha. Actually, I think if there’s one thing people everywhere have in common these days, it’s wondering how we’re going to make it through. Here are some ideas:
DO – Start Early. Whatever it is, whether it’s an annual report, project planning or getting to a meeting, I’m not sure there is such a thing as having too much time.
DON’T – Let Your Good Planning Fool You. I sometimes allocate myself so much time to do something that I piddle away a good half of it because… I’ve got so much time. Only it turns out I don’t. Don’t let this happen to you.
DO – Enjoy the rush. It’s exciting to work hard, overcome the odds and do the impossible. Even if this is almost a routine occurrence, give yourself a pat on the back and feel the burn.
DON’T – Rev yourself so high you’ll crash. Even if the demands on your time seem to be almost limitless, your energy isn’t. You can run on a mixture of fumes and anxiety only so long, so try ramping down before you crash.
DO – Take care of yourself. Give yourself breaks for your health – mental and physical. Stressful situations do not give you license to eat crap. Eating a healthy diet, exercising, sleeping as much as you can and breathing will keep you far more productive for longer than a regime of TicTacs, coffee and teeth grinding.
DON’T – Take yourself too seriously. You might feel that the world will end if you don’t make a certain deadline, or bring all your deals and projects to a successful conclusion, but that’s probably not the case. Stop spinning and look up. While you want to make sure you do your part, remember that you are just one part of the universe, and try to lighten up.
Do you have any suggestions for handling crunch time? Please send them along, I’d love to learn some new tips and share them with others.
But here’s the main takeaway – Learn how to do better, more realistic scheduling!
by Danielle Dresden