Over the past few months, I've been fighting a major issue with time management...
Since being promoted to Controller/Director of IT in September last year, I've been effectively doing the job of two people.Â We made an attempt to hire someone to fill the Senior Accountant/Systems Administrator position, but it didn't work out.Â So basically, I've been running a position down since that time.Â Fortunately this will come to an end on May 12, when I have a new person joining us as Senior Accountant at Fairwinds.
The problem I'm fighting now is that I have a HUGE list of things to do, and I'm almost feeling paralyzed.Â I have so many things on my list that I don't know where to start.Â What I'd like to do is to try and place the major milestone items on a calendar, work out the estimated time to complete, and figure out how much of my time is committed.Â From there it should leave me some holes that I can fill in smaller tasks around, or delegate.
The problem I'm working with is that I have some deadlines that are carved in stone, and some that can bump.Â As I do primary systems support for Fairwinds, my job is very interrupt driven; something that is not going to go away since we've given up on hiring someone to be a systems/accountant hybrid.Â In all the training I've had in management skills, time management and project management are areas that are lacking.
I'm curious to know what other people do?Â What methods do you have for:
- Keeping track of miscellaneous tasks? (I use Outlook 2007)
- Prioritizing tasks?
- Managing larger projects?
- Balancing everything so that you don't feel that you just have sand slipping through your fingers?