Why Can’t I Get My Work Done?

April 15, 2010

I don’t know about you, but in many of my leadership positions over the years, I would often find myself in the office a couple of hours before the “official” start time and working late into the night while my wife and two young daughters were waiting on me at home. There was one stretch that I am not very proud of where I did not even see my daughter because I was gone before they awoke and not home until long after they were asleep.

I deeply regret those times, especially as it was a key time in the lives of my children. The causes for something like this are many, with the key being misplaced priorities. I plan on addressing that in detail in the future. A secondary cause is our work habits. Michael Hyatt in one of his posts touches on this with ten issues that we all can address so that maybe we can get home on time to play with our kids before they go to sleep!

Following is an excerpt from his blog – 10 Reasons Why You Aren’t Done Yet:

“Every where I go, people seem to be overwhelmed by the volume of their work. With layoffs in many businesses, employees are pulling double-duty. It’s time to get serious and triage our workloads.

Late one night, I caught myself saying to my wife Gail for the third time, “Just a few more minutes, Honey. I’m almost done.” Immediately, I realized I was lying to her and to myself. I closed my laptop and jotted down a list of ten things that had kept me from completing their work. Do these apply to you?

1. Too many meetings.

2. Mindlessly surfing the web.

3. Being distracted by online pings.

4. Allowing people to drop in without an agenda.

5. Being consumed by the urgent.

6. Being a perfectionist.

7. Refusing to delegate.

8. Not starting the day with a to-do list.

9. Not committing to an end time.

10 Not scheduling time to work.

If you are feeling like your work/life balance is out of kilter, maybe it’s time for you to make a list of the reasons you aren’t done yet. If you are reading this after hours, that could be a clue.

Questions: Why aren’t you done yet? What is keeping you at the office late?”

Michael’s questions are important – so what is keeping you at the office too long and interfering with the true priorities in your life?

Blessings on your day!
BG