Stick to Your Priorities
You do know what your priorities are, dont you? If
not, its time to figure them out. Make a list of your
typical job tasks, review your job description, determine
whats getting done and what isnt, and meet with
your manager for a heart-to-heart.
Tell her youre dedicated to doing your job and doing
it well, but there are times when its just not possible
to do it all. Ask her advice: Of this list of responsibilities,
can you show me whats most important? Ask her
then to rank the remaining items.
Now its your responsibility to arrange your schedule
accordingly. If your boss says the weekly report is your most
important responsibility and youve consistently neglected
it, move it up on your list. Conversely, if interdepartmental
meetings are just not that critical to her, you know what
to skip if you must.
For added motivation, type up your list of priorities and
post it over your desk. Now youll always know what you
should be doing.