I take responsibility for everything. I have been told by people I work for that this is a great strength.
The reality is, if you are like me, you know that a strong sense of responsibility can be the gift that keeps on giving. It never stops or shuts off. You know who you are: you are the list maker that adds items to the list that are already done just so they can be crossed off. Yes, that is the curse of us responsibility types. The reality is that a strong sense of responsibility can be overwhelming for women when you are integrating responsibilities and have full-time jobs and hobbies and interests and friends and family and . . . well, the list goes on.
So how do we leverage this “strength?” I have learned over the years to focus in on what I am really responsible for and get clear at work and at home with who else could be responsible. What? Delegate? Really? Yes. There are other owners in the world happy to take on items on the list who actually believe they are responsible too! Who knew?
Here are five things that help me:
1. I prioritize the top five things every day that are impactful and do those first before I do anything else, including checking e-mail. Read Never Check E-Mail In The Morning for time management tips.
2. I set clear expectations at work, make sure others are clear with these expectations, and have a process to check progress.
3. I chase the boss to ensure priorities are on target.
4. I leave room for boss imposed time, client imposed time, and family imposed time
5. I leave time for me
I still am responsible and, with the above steps, I have more control to leverage my strength and create room for the gift.
What do you do to turn your strength into a gift?