Monday, 20 August 2012

When tasks pile up

...successful completion of those tasks feels impossible.  In contrast, when there are no urgent tasks, nothing gets done.

Something is urgent to us when we consider it so.  We consider something urgent if we prioritize it as such.

We prioritize based on our personal values, personal interests, and personal goals.  However, we are often required to prioritize based on an organization's goals, and an organization's interests and agenda.

Ay. There's the rub.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012


Last week, I had a seat at a bar at BOS while I waited for my flight home.  I was accompanied by a bunch of suits who were also killing time.  They had their leather notebooks, and laptops.

The bartender remarked that that week would be his last; that he had just gotten the job of his dreams and that he was outta there!  The suits at the bar - one by one - began to recount their tales of how bartending saved their mortgages when they were laid off and looking for their next jobs.  They gave him kudos and drank to his future.

This ... got me thinking.

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