Even the most progressive and thoughtful organizations regularly cultivate situations where the amount of work outstrips the capacity of the people in place to do it.
There are tactics, of course, and by the time people have come to me, they’ve usually tried them all.
It hasn’t worked.
What differentiates these experiences isn’t the number of hours in the day but the energy we get from the work. Energy makes time.
… they assumed (because we’re conditioned to assume) that every thing we do costs time. But that math doesn’t take energy into account, doesn’t grok that doing things that energize you gives you time back.
… most people have something shaped like that in their lives—some thing that when neglected siphons time and energy away but when attended to delivers it in droves.
The question to ask with all those things isn’t, “how do I make time for this?” The answer to that question always disappoints, because that view of time has it forever speeding away from you. The better question is, how does doing what I need make time for everything else?