• Be the Boss, of Your Boss.
Be the Boss, of Your Boss.
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January 2019
Preparing to Publish
Written by
January 2019
Preparing to Publish

For those looking for remedies to get things done, I can share in steps what works (and worked) for me.

Usually I am at my best during crunch time. As I once explained in a job interview, when asked how I would handle an executive, a peer and a client making a demand at the same time, I said “the who matters far less than the what.” 

I call it prioritizing. Of course the boss is important, which the boss doesn't necessarily have to be a boss in that traditional sense. A boss can be college-level classes, a child or spouse requiring our attention, or something like the book we want to write...or read. If you don't remember anything else about this post, remember this. A boss is symbolic.  

Step 1. Before prioritizing however, I assess the overall job. That's why I stress not padding resumes. You want to be sure you can handle the job. Now, this doesn't work the same with family. While sometimes there is a small window to 'back out' prior to building a family (should we change our minds), once children arrive conversations about making corrections usually stop here. The long and short of the matter, whatever the job and whoever the boss, we must know something about the job before drafting a strategy to ensure we get stuff done.

Step 2. The strategy. Again, no matter what the job, every job has a routine. It, however, is up to you to manage the routine, or let the routine manage you. For instance, let's use working in the home and taking care of children as an example. I set the time to cook, eat, clean, play, bathe and sleep, in addition to carving out a few hours each day for my me-time. This was the norm; a rehearsed, practiced routine. No ifs, ands or buts. Deviating from this flow is how dysfunction creeps in, and can hang around forever if we allow it. 

Step 3. Prioritizing. Sometimes stuff happens, such as working outside the home, like in an office where everything is an emergency. As explained in the job interview, “work that can be done blindfolded with my hands tied behind my back I handle first. This frees up time to focus on the big tough stuff.” 

For instance; a jammed copier the boss wants to use, a client on line one waiting to speak to the boss, and a presentation that needs to be 'fixed' in the next five minutes gets handled the same way I handle five toddlers wanting the same toy at the same time. Distract them all using diplomacy. Shucks, don’t tell me my motherhood skills and instincts weren’t on point. One thing I can say about places where I've worked; for the most part the environ was free of dysfunction. Now, whether I can take full credit for this irony, who's to say. But I do avow, getting stuff done requires practice, skill, logic... and sometimes a dose of humor.  

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