by Shannon Otto
Ever heard the expression, burning the candle at both ends?
I'm sure many small staff association professionals and execs often feel this way. It can be difficult to juggle multiple roles at work, make time for family and friends and make time for yourself.
As a small staff professional, it's crucial to know how to delegate, outsource and prioritize. Facing a looming deadline? Keep your head down, your mind on task and a "do not disturb" sign on your office or cubicle. Finding it difficult to pass off a task? Understand that it's important for younger professionals to get their feet wet with important assignments, and even though they may not complete everything perfectly during the first go-round, they'll only improve going forward.
When we get caught up in our busy days, many of us probably just steadily pace through our work, without stopping to decide if the assignments could possibly be outsourced. Sometimes, it can be worth it to pay an independent contractor or vendor to complete a project — remember, your time is worth money too.
And prioritizing? Obviously, the projects with specific deadlines should be completed first. (I tend to work better under pressure with a quick deadline, so sometimes I'm guilty of putting off a project until the last minute. It's something I'm trying to work on.) But if something it's time-sensitive, try to categorize tasks by how important they are to your association's overall goals. Does it affect members or stakeholders? Is it an internal project?
How does your small staff association manage its tasks? Do you outsource projects? Is it difficult for you to delegate tasks to other staffers?