Monday, November 7, 2011
Are you plagued by rush jobs?
Rush jobs are mentioned more than any other time problem when seminar participants are asked to share their time management hassles. Here are five suggestions for coping with rush jobs.
1. Question the importance of all rush jobs. They may be urgent but not important. They can impact your personal goals or your company’s bottom line. Urgent jobs simply have a short time frame. If you don’t do them right away it’s too late. But so what? Many of them are best left undone.
2. As soon as you get a rush job from your boss, question the deadline. It may have been chosen arbitrarily. The time to negotiate an extended deadline is the moment you receive the assignment.
3. For each rush job, ask yourself the question, “What’s the impact on my job, my career or this company if this task is not completed on time?”. Do one thing at a time, starting with those that are the most important.
4. Get in the habit of scheduling the priority tasks in your planner. Don’t procrastinate. Many jobs become urgent because of delay. Immediately upon receiving a priority assignment, break it into smaller segments and schedule time in your planner to work on them.. Remember that it’s not how many things you do but what you accomplish that counts
5. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. You can’t be all things to all people. If you’re in a position to delegate, do so. Say “no” more often. Be assertive.
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