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What to Do if You Are Great at Your Job, and You Can't Get Everything Done

productivity weekley Apr 23, 2017

When I first started my career, I had a job where I wore a ton of different hats.  Project manager, programmer, support guy, business analyst, customer relationship manager, and sometime, punching bag.  

My business degree was helpful, though I felt like I was pulled in 1000 different directions and never made progress on anything.

Eventually, I learned four things that helped me feel more in control of my day, and generated momentum with my work so I didn't feel frustrated.

  1. Focus Management -  What was the theme for the day, meaning what was the one thing to do to move things forward?
  2. Block-time -  Did I have a significant amount of time on my calendar today to do the one big thing?
  3. Prioritization - What are all the open loop or tasks I have, and what are the top two I can work on today?
  4. Delegation - Of all my tasks, what are things that need me, or what are things that others can take up?

Reflecting on these things, and implementing them helped increase...

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