Consider the art of Selective Neglect.We know we’re not going to get everything done today that we would like to get done.We know that we’re probably not going to get it done tomorrow, either.So rather than walking around feeling bad about all the stuff we know we’re not going to get to, let’s do some strategic thinking about “the list” itself....more
Terrific Tuesday - it is terrific to delegate effectively in order to get done what needs doing.Like most women, I think I am a superwoman. To paraphrase a popular jingle from my childhood, I can bring home the bacon, fry it and still make my husband feel like a man. At the same time, I recognize that I am one woman and that though I often do three things at once, on occasion, I need to delegate some tasks....more
Meg* and I were lunch-brainstorming how to help one of her direct reports who is struggling to “fit” into her recent Director-level promotion. Meg noted that this woman – we’ll call her Kathy* – found it hard to see the forest for the trees.
By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore
Does the phrase “spring cleaning” strike fear and loathing into your heart? Does it seem like the Mt. Everest of housekeeping – something that only a few can ever claim they attempted and succeeded? Don’t fear. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be so scary, but it is something we should all do....more
by Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore
How many times a day do you utter a version of the sentence, “How can I get _ to do _?” It could be as simple as getting your son to take out the garbage, your daughter to clean up her room, or your husband to prune the overgrown tree blocking the driveway, but it is a constant source of stress and frustration. And then what happens?...more
by Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore
One of the greatest things about women is that they rarely refuse to help someone else in need. The bad thing about women? They rarely refuse anything. If you’re a yes girl, you’re likely saying yes before you’re checking your calendar or thinking about whether you want to do it. Make an extra 56 cupcakes for the school bake sale? Sure....more
"It's just easier to do it myself!" you may think at times. In the short run, yes. But in the long run, no. It does take time to teach someone else to do the task at hand. But when you do take the time, you are multiplying yourself - whether at work, at home, or in other arenas.
For example, if you're the only one at work who knows how to do a certain task, you may be interrupted from doing something much more important and urgent when someone else needs this task done. To that person, it might be urgent and important, but to you it may not be.
We all have big projects we must accomplish at different points in our lives. It may be a normal part of your job or a fund-raiser for your child’s sports team or doing a home improvement project. Whatever the case, if you plan ahead, you can eliminate much of the stress that could accompany a big project. Here are a few tips:
1. Break down your project into categories and then to specific tasks in each category.
2. Estimate the time it will take do each task. Err on the side of over-estimating rather than under-estimating.
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