One of the most common struggles, frustrations, or challenges that you’re going to face when working for someone or for yourself is trying to decide how to best juggle your workload.
Granted, what’s considered a “workload” may vary from person-to-person, from job-to-job. But for the purposes of this post, I’ll reduce it to a simple definition that I use on a daily basis:
A workload is the amount of work that you set out to achieve each day.
How you go about doing this will vary on your personality types. Some people, like me, are extremely Type-A. We calendar, schedule, and note everything.
And if something comes along to disrupt that schedule we:
- Get frustrated,
- Try to make it work,
- Or find a place during the week in which it will work.
But this only works for so long. The more work that comes your way, the more demands you have on your time.
This is a good problem to have.
But the method outlined above does not work. That is, as they say, “it doesn’t scale.” Sure, it may work at first and it may work for a little while. But when you’re faced with increasing demands on your time, you have to reprioritize what it is that you’re doing.
How do you go about doing that, though? I don’t care if you’re just starting in a career, if you’re employed, if you’re self-employed, if you’re freelancing, or whatever.
Inevitably, assuming that you find some sort of success, this isn’t going to work forever.
So what are we supposed to do?