Post # 1
Right now, I have 12 or 13 projects (big projects, with big visibility within the company) that I’m working simultaneously on. This is way more than anyone else in my department and way more than average. I feel like the list continues to grow daily, too. I’ve already talked to my manager about it. At first, he was understanding and knew that he needed to find help for me. Now, it seems like my project load has become a joke. My manager added to it yesterday and I laughed because I thought he was joking – he wasn’t. I am expected to be on call and available all the time, especially on weekends. I’m expected to play project manager, babysitter, and worker all at the same time. I can’t keep up with everything. I can’t be working all the time, and plan a wedding. Everything seems to be due in March. The joke was made that I would need to cancel my wedding if it happened to be in March, because work needed me. This is absolutely ridiculous. I like the company I work for, but it seems like they are setting me up to fail. I don’t know if I need to start looking for a new job, but that will just be stressful with the wedding coming up. What should I do?
Post # 3
Honestly, the next time someone gives you something, say no. You can’t keep saying yes when they don’t listen. Say I’m sorry but my workload is pretty heavy right now and I can’t give this the proper attention. I know it feels horrible but you need to do well with the things you are doing, not do everything okay enough.
Post # 4
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: You’re right, my work has been slipping, cuz my mind is thinking about a million different things. I can’t stand it.
Post # 5
I agree with MissAsB – say no. Is there anyone else who works with you (not necessarily a boss) who could join you on some of your projects? Or someone you could turn something smaller over to?
Otherwise – close your email, only check every few hours. It will save time on distraction.
Let calls go to voice mail. Then check it – if it’s important, call back. If not, set aside a portion of your day to do callbacks/check email.
Prioritize by due date/importance. Work on projects for a certain amount of time or until you get to a certain ‘point’ – something is done or a portion finished. That way you make progress on multiple things, without really multitasking and risking not giving your full attention to each project. They’ll each get your full attention – but only for a certain portion of your day.
Set boundaries for yourself so you don’t get burned out – if that means not being available Saturdays, leaving the office by 5pm no matter what – do something that gives you some time away.
Keep going and you’ll get through it!
Post # 6
You’re one person. Make a list of projects in terms of priority, and stick to it. If anyone questions you, remind them that not everything can be priority. If they believe something should be of greater priority, they should help find some support for you.
Post # 7
I am the only person who does what I do. They hired someone else to help me, but she’s new, right of college, and untrained. Everytime I delegate, it takes me 10 times longer to get it done, because she asks me a zillion questions!
Post # 8
@coffeegal85: I feel your pain as I have been there myself. What I would do when I got piled on was make a list of all the things needed to be done and bring it to my boss and be like “these are all the things that need to done by X, I need help or pick what you want to be late”. I know what you mean about help they hire to help you too! At my last job my help just made me fall farther behind because things were done wrong, or like you said about the endless questions!
Make a priority list in the mornings and stick to it. Set aside a portion of the morning and afternoon to deal with emails/phone calls. I do this almost every day, even if I’m not swamped and at least for me, it helps me stay on task. Not sure how your situation is, but where I work, I’m frequently approached by people that ask for things to be done for them and they bypass my boss. When I’m busy, I’ve just started telling them no, go see “insert person here” because they have me working on x.
I 100% agree with someone that said to make time for yourself to be unavailable; leave on time/no weekends, etc. You’ll burn yourself out otherwise-I did that! I had a hard time at first because I’m one of those people that wants to get everything under the sun done, but really, at the end of the day, if something doesn’t get done its not the end of the world people sometimes make it out to be.