Showing posts with label deadline. Show all posts
Showing posts with label deadline. Show all posts

Nov 27, 2015

Do you hear that sucking sound?

http://www.workingquietly.com/2015/11/introvert-project-vacuum.html
Do you hear it?

That's the sound of a project vacuum, and you might be in one now!

When a project starts, everyone's pumped and ready to change the world. The kickoff meeting is epic. Everybody has a job to do. The future looks bright and airy.

Until, some months later, it isn't.

Jan 11, 2015

The Office: Are You Tired Of Pushing Back?

http://www.workingquietly.com/2015/01/introvert-the-office-are-you-tired-of-pushing-back.html
We hear it all the time. So many of us have worked (or currently work) in an office where we have to deal with a seemingly endless line of people (we call them stakeholders) who want something from us. To deal with the endless stream of requests, we're told, requires that we "push back" to manage the daily workload.

Oct 5, 2014

The Project Whisperer: Every Team Needs One

If projects were easy, we wouldn't need to hire professionals to get them done. This is common sense, and it underscores why our work is supposed to be hard, and why we hone our skills and abilities when we face difficult challenges in our work, and win those challenges.

But, are there occasions when people and personalities might get in the way of a successful outcome? I have seen this happen many times over the years, and it is why every effective team needs a project whisperer.

Sep 21, 2014

This Common Problem Confuses Most Introverts At Work

"I need it yesterday."

Have you ever heard this sentence spoken at the office? I have, too many times. Every time I used to hear it, I started to feel guilty that I disappointed yet another person because I couldn't meet their expectations. After all, if I was serious about keeping my job, I should have known about that thing they wanted yesterday, before they asked for it today, right?

Sep 6, 2014

Stress Busting Introvert Mind Tricks For the Office

We all face stress in our work on a daily basis. That is probably the least profound thing you will hear all day. So, why am I writing yet another article about work stress? Honestly, I think that the topic of introverts and stress deserves some more attention.  As introverts, our brains are wired differently, and we have some some unique advantages and pitfalls that we need to look out for when we encounter stress at the office.

Aug 17, 2014

How To Be A Creative Introvert At Work

Do you consider your day-to-day job an outlet for creative expression? If you do not, it may surprise you that many people actually do.  Because of this, they find themselves in careers such as information technology or graphic design, where it is virtually impossible to have a steady job description. Furthermore, many people actually prefer to work this way, and would dread the thought of going to the office and doing exactly the same thing every day.

Aug 9, 2014

How to manage high-intensity workplaces

Photo of valve with caption: Stress Level Rising
How many people reading this are currently working in, or have worked in, an office environment? This was my situation for about ten years of my life, and even today I look back at those years and wonder why most of us assume that putting people in close proximity to each other will yield better productivity for an organization. A lot of us have realized that this simply isn't true.

Aug 2, 2014

How to Put An End to Your Multitasking

Martini Glass with file folders - Multitasking - Drunk With Distractions
If there is one element of our modern society that I wish we could eliminate, or at least tone down, it is our propensity towards embracing "multitasking" as a source of productivity. Where did the multitasking movement come from, and why has it been accepted as a cure-all for getting our work done, when us introverts know so well that it isn't a sustainable way for us to lead our professional lives?

Jun 22, 2014

Don't Let the Clock Rule Your Creative Life

Stopwatch drawing on blank canvas
Schedules. Deadlines. Meetings. Time commitments. Some days, it feels like our entire life is governed by that ubiquitous, soulless ticking machine which can only take our time away from us and never give it back. Such is the life of the modern-day office worker, whose opportunities for creative output are defined by the dreaded shared calendar, and small bits of time between an endless stream of meetings.

This can be the eternal struggle for the creative person with an introverted mindset, always able to go off in a multitude of directions and countless trains of thought, amidst the reality of ever-approaching project deadlines and milestones. Unfortunately, I think it is a safe bet that deadlines will always be a part of our daily lives, as long as our jobs are the main outlet for our creative work. Having said that, I think it's also quite possible for us to "overcompensate" for our unstructured creative tendencies, to the point where we become our own worst enemy, by regimenting our schedules in such a way that we cannot let our creative energies out to breathe, and do what they do best.