Coping with busy workloads

Part of my renewed motivation for learning new stuff is reading other blogs to see what others are up to and what I can learn from it. Here’s a blog post that I can certainly learn from: How do you handle busy workloads?. We’re busier than we’ve ever been at the moment and it can be a struggle (not to mention stressful) to keep on top of everything.

James is right that the temptation is to do a bit of this and a bit of that to try to keep everyone happy, unhealthy but this can result in very little of anything getting done. James’s advice is to:

DO ONE THING AT A TIME, rx DO IT WELL, DO IT TO COMPLETION AND MOVE ON TO THE NEXT THING!

I couldn’t agree more. It’s something that I find it difficult to have the discipline to do but when I have managed it then I’ve had fantastic results. The trick is to turn everything else off (yes, Emily, even your email) and clear your desk so that you only have what you need for that one task/project in front of you – in other words no distractions. If it’s something that needs complete concentration then try putting the answer phone on as well, you can always catch up on any important messages when you’re done. You then work at that one thing solidly until it’s done. The magic is that once you are completely concentrating on that one thing you can get into your zone and achieve great results.

Tomorrow is the start of a new week and I know that there are going to be many things competing for my attention. I really must try to follow this advice. Great article James!

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