Impossibly Busy


There are times when the world beneath you seems like a treadmill, and you just can't run fast enough to keep up.

There are times when the world beneath you seems like a treadmill, and you just can't run fast enough to keep up. For every critical project you complete, three new ones show up. Your call-waiting dings twice during a brief call. The stack of "I need your input" memo's is deeper than you'll ever work through in reasonable time.

And while there are plenty of useful techniques for prioritizing, delegating, and staying effective, there are still moments where no system will work. It is, frankly, an impossible situation.

This has been my life for the last few months. My natural inclination is to raise my energy to keep up as best as I can. To push a bit harder, work longer, be more aggressive, and fight. As a result, my coach dubbed me the "crazy person" in the office. I have become so focused on my goals and aspirations, that I don't realize the side effects on the morale of my team and my family. I have become obsessed with keeping up with the promises on my desk, that I've dropped the ball on the implicit responsibilities that are part of having relationships with other people.


In a moment of clarity over the holidays, when the work came to a stop, I realized that it's best to use these moments to do SOMETHING great, rather than EVERYTHING poorly. I realize that decision comes at a cost of discouraging others, for they are also in the impossible situation and just looking for a little help themselves.