The Never Ending To Do List

27 Jun

The Never Ending To Do ListRecently, I have not met many people that aren’t doing more with less in their organizations. I too have been tasked with more responsibility at work due to the effects of the economy and positions being either eliminated or not replaced.

I struggle at times with the growing “To Do List” and attempting to not work every night after the kids go to bed or spend my Saturday mornings at the office just trying to catch up! Each day becomes a bit more difficult to avoid the “reactive only” mode of operation.

Yesterday I was sitting in my office, evaluating my “To Do List” from last week and not a single thing was crossed off! What was I doing? I know I was really busy and most of the time felt like I had become fireman I was putting out so many fires. Oh that’s right; I was busy getting the list completed from 3 weeks ago.

Now some of you may be thinking that I may need a time management course or need to better prioritize my list or need to learn to delegate some of the work. Well, I can say that I am pretty good at managing my time. I have prioritized my list and then prioritized the priority list. I would be happy to delegate some of the work, but there is no one to delegate to, that person was not replaced.

Does this sound familiar?

Now because I am in HR, you may be waiting for some advice on how to fix the problem. I hate to disappoint you, but I don’t have an answer. Doing more with less is the world we live in at this moment in time. However, I do believe there are resources available to help us get more done in the 24 hours we have each day. Identify what those resources are for you and your team. Maybe it is a time management workshop or a software package to help bring your HR department up to speed.

If you have a staff, find out if they are struggling to keep their head above water (even if you think they are fine). You can empathize with them and then help them to find ways to stay afloat. If you don’t take action, there will be a time when you and or your employees will reach “burn-out”. When burn-out is reached, employee’s become less engaged, productivity declines and eventually they will leave the organization.

My action plan is to begin reading Getting Things Done, by David Allen. Hopefully I will discover some new methods that I can share back with you.

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