Nothing worse that to have a ton of “should and need to” in your mind because you have several projects running all over you at the same time only to find out later on that you missed something important. This is why I keep track of every item I need to do in a special email folder at work, gauging my overload at the little number displayed next to the folder and always playing the game of trying to get the number down to zero.
During summer I might not have zeroed it all the way down, but it was controllable and nothing to scary, sometimes as low as 2 or 3.
Just before my mom arrived for 2 weeks, things changed and we got quite busy. Then, over the course of the 2 weeks while I was only a minimum time at the office to be host the remaining hours of the day, work really got busy, like, REALLY.
By the time my mom had her ordeal flight back to Cape Town and I was again my full hours in the office, my little folder had exploded to 57.
A couple of days hard work and caught up? Hah! Work exploded even more and the more I worked the list down, the more new customers were walking into the office, and all of that next to the daily normalities.
But over the past 2 days I finally was able to get a little grip on it. Not to feel all giddy about, no no! Right now I still have 3 – three – new clients waiting for progress on their sites as they have been constantly pushed back while other fires needed to be dealt with.
All the same there has been progress, my lil’ list has again shrunk down to 20 – and for this alone I WILL enjoy my day off tomorrow :-)