Benjamin Franklin (an honorary European) is famous for many simple and corny but wise sayings. As I read something that amberfireinus posted about time, I thought about a few of them, and then my mind drifted on to managing my time at work better.
My work situation is challenging, and particularly at present due to both an upcoming vacation and an impending change in my job. I could go into a lot of detail, but I’ll spare myself and any readers the devilish details – suffice to say, at work it often feels that time is not my friend and I put in a great number of work hours.
Recently I’ve begun cultivating a couple of people on my team whose talents warrant attention. One in particular has some tenure, and the other is a recent hire. This has allowed me to delegate more effectively, with greater results. And my demands on their capabilities have increased. Interestingly, when I expected more I received more. This doesn’t work across the board! There are certain employees who, for various reasons, are valuable but not capable of taking this type of load.
My husband often asks When will you work fewer hours? and I am not certain how to answer. Cultivating people to take on more responsibility is an art, and one I have yet to fully master – if it is even possible to master such a thing, given the complexity of human behavior. I can try little structure techniques: office hours, minimizing meetings, ongoing training programs. All of these things have their place. But being rigid is ultimately unhelpful, and results in poor quality code. I am a free spirit, but not an unwise spirit. So I waste no time, I slay my dragons, and the people on my team who deserve recognition will not only gain their rewards but help me to purchase my own.