Divide your TODO list in three sections
I want to do, I have to do, They need me to do
I learn this approach not that long ago, and it has helped me a lot since I’m in management. The idea is the next.
Divide your TODO list or the tasks that you need to accomplish during the week into three sections:
I want to do: Those things that you choose to do and bring value to the organization.
Ex: I want to dedicate some hours to exploring this business area.
I have to do: Those tasks that are part of your role might not bring you joy, yet they are part of your responsibilities, and the business depends on those to function.
Ex: I need to report on <topic> due to legislation matters.
They need me to do: Those tasks that came from other people: they need something from you.
Ex: My leader needs me to collect feedback regarding X area of the product and make a visual document to present that information.
This simple yet powerful technique helps you identify if you’re balancing yourself in the work environment.
Only "I want TODO” is not achievable nor responsible. Only “They need me TODO” can be a hint to not being empowered to do your job.
It doesn’t need to be all weeks balanced, nor should we expect 33% on all those points. It’s not that simple.
Still, it brings you a good perspective of how you are doing and be able to reflect on yourself and the job you’re doing.
I hope it helps you 😄