|Work out what's most important to you|
The answer for most of us mere mortals is no. We have the capability to do many of the tasks that confront us in a day - answer emails, go to meetings, write a proposal, answer more email etc. etc. you know what I mean - an ordinary day with more to do than we have time to do it.
And it doesn't just happen at work. I go on holidays and wake with anticipation of a 'relaxing' day - breakfast, a visit to the shops, some time on the beach, a coffee break, maybe pop over and see a local attraction, a long relaxing lunch, an afternoon swim, a cocktail at sunset and then dinner. Sounds great. (Actually I think I need to stop writing this blog and book a trip to Hawaii NOW!) But the point of what I am saying is this - even when it's all good stuff - I usually can 't do as much as I want to do and think that I can get done.
It's the same with work. We have a pretty good understanding of what we are able to do but often vastly overestimate how much of it we are able to get done. This leads us to make commitments and promises of work we will get done - and create a whole lot of stress for ourselves.
The trick is to prioritize!
Prioritize what is important to you. So that what you really need to deliver is completed.
Last week I HAD to get my tax finished - so I had to enforce a self-imposed blogging and Facebook ban (I know - serious stuff!). But it had to be done. I made it my priority and the good thing is - what I really HAD to get done is done.
Decide what is most important to you and make sure that is what you do - and what you want to get done has a lot greater chance of being completed. And don't over commit. Be realistic about the number of hours in a day and what you can physically achieve. For all the other stuff - outsource or leave out until you get the time.
That's all for now!