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Seeing Stars

Have you ever been punched in the face, kicked in the head, pushed down a flight of stairs, in a car accident or hit by a bus? Then you know that feeling; your head spins, your world goes dark and blurry, and you see stars. But slowly you get used to the feeling, everything becomes clear again and you are able to start functioning normally. In other words, it's a lot like a normal day at work.

If your pace of work is as fast as most these days, you might be seeing stars and inclined to think you’ve been hit by a bus. Rest assured, you have no physical damage, but you’ll need to take control of your schedule if you want to maintain any productivity.

Here are a few pointers that have been shared with me recently:

  • Communicate effectively – Be clear and concise in your written communication. Remember to address the who, what, when, where, how and why in your e-mails.
  • Don’t get bogged down in the details – Quickly identify the most critical tasks that must be done in order to accomplish the goals of your project, and do only those tasks.
  • Be flexible – Be ready to take on any task that gets thrown in your direction.
  • Control your schedule – Ok, so I said to be ready to take on anything that gets thrown your way…but to the extent that you can do so allow that to happen only when you are prepared to. If you need to close your door, mute your phone, and put your head down and knock out those important tasks mentioned above, do it. But be sure to set aside time in your schedule to deal with incoming issues.
  • Learn – Accept that you need to learn new skills or new ways of communicating or whatever it might take to keep everything under control.

John Zoerner | Vice-President, Development and Construction Services
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