Did you read the quote above and think, “Yesterday? I would be happy to be caught up with last Thursday?”
This might be the perfect time to take a look at some project management best practices.
Let’s talk about the scope of your effort for a minute. Are all of the one million and one things you have to do must-haves or nice-to-haves? Now be honest. Maybe you have over-allocated yourself and part of that over-allocation stems from a lack of scope prioritization.
If time is your biggest driver right now then you want to make sure that you are only doing the tasks that absolutely have to be completed by a specific date and time. Remove all of the other unnecessary items from your list. If you cannot let them go, put them aside and work on them AFTER you complete the must-haves.
Now that you have narrowed your scope down to the must-haves, I hope you will accurately estimate how long each of your tasks will take. I hope you take the time to truly understand the order in which your tasks should be completed. That’s right, I am talking about sequencing and estimating and critical path. It is easy when you are busy and stressed to run from task to task. You know that does not make sense. Take the time to plan your tasks in the correct order
Now that you have your tasks estimated and sequenced and mapped out, can you reasonably complete them with the time you have available? If the answer is no, something has to give. You might need to revisit your scope, you might need to get some help or you might need to change your end date. What you do not need to do is to run yourself into the ground.
If you are working on today’s list or even working ahead to tomorrow or next week, right on. Just be sure that you are not procrastinating when it comes to taking your allotted days off.