PM Notebook
Wrestle your overwhelming workload with this tool
Bill Hoberecht - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It can be frustrating when workloads are overwhelming and it seems that your manager doesn't have any appreciation for all that you are expected to do.  You may lack confidence or assurance that you are working on the correct projects/tasks.  Informal conversations with your manager may help, but you still leave the discussion with the same amount of work to perform.  An alternative to letting this situation persist is to come to an agreement with your manager on the specific work items you should be working, along with their relative priorities.  This article describes a method of coming to this agreement and building a solid alignment between your work priorities and those of your manager.

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Too many meetings and not enough time?  These tips can help.
Bill Hoberecht - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.          

One essential element of any time management focus is getting control of your calendar.  In my work, I am constantly balancing the multiple pressures of working with others, getting important items completed, handling a never-ending stream of urgent items, and working in solitude.  Rather than letting the ‘tyranny of the urgent’ dictate each day, I get more control over each day by explicitly reserving time for important items, allowing flexible time to handle urgent items, and giving thoughtful consideration to how I should allocate my time amongst the many contending demands.  This article contains tips that work for me (most of the time) in managing my calendar.

Read more: Calendar Management: Getting Control of Your Appointments and Meetings