If you’re anything like me, you have a lot to get done and never enough time to do it. As library employees we have many tasks and must be able to multitask like no other because you never know what is going to happen next. I remember being told to never keep a to-do list because it would only lead to frustration at the end of the day when nothing is checked off.
To help with organization, which is not my strongest quality, I do make a list, but it is more of a weekly to-do list. Every day I try to get at least one item checked off the list with the goal to get to most of it by the end of the week. As I think of new tasks that need to get done I add them to the master list. Usually, my goal is to have everything off my desk by the end of the week because I like coming back to a clean desk and desk bin on Monday morning. If most of the items end up getting checked off the list then I am satisfied.
I have also learned to delegate. When I first started as Director I understood that the employees were working hard with many responsibilities. I was very hesitant to ask for help. Now I know the employees better and I am able to ask for assistance when the task suits the strong points of an employee. This applies to all employees of the library. No matter what your position is, do not try to do everything yourself. If you are working on a project and you know another employee would be great in that area then do not be afraid to ask for help.
The most important thing I have learned is that it’s okay if everything does not get done. Tomorrow is another day. Just try your best to get your workspace clean by the end of the week to help keep you organized and at least feeling like you are top of your to-do list.
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