It’s easy to take on too much. Too much doesn’t start out as too much, it starts out as enough and builds up through “yes-creep”. Yeah, I just coined a terrible word. This is where you, over time, begin to say yes to too much.
If you’re anything like me, you end up doing the job of several of your teammates because it was “easier to just do it myself”. Maybe you had a great idea for a project and instead of sharing the load, you hoarded all of the tasks.
Again, over time, all of these non delegated tasks creep up on you. This happened to me a few months back, so I started my “not-to-do” list. Seriously, every time I did a task we paid another team member to do, I wrote it down on my white board. I was shocked at how lengthy the list had gotten after just a few days. I was all over the place. No wonder it felt like I cranked all day and made no progress!
We’re always starting to-do lists. Now, it’s time for you to start a not-to-do list. Share that load, delegate, who cares who gets the glory. Get the job done, head home and enjoy an adult beverage responsibly with a clear mind and clear to-do list.