The Weekly Wrap: March 27, 2022
Earlier this week, some colleagues and I were brainstorming ideas for webinars we want to host. I manage this part of our work and, to keep things feasible, I set a limit of six sessions per semester. The sessions themselves are only an hour, but the content creation, marketing, and event management logistics eat up a lot of time. Plus, we have to do all the other aspects of our job.
During our brainstorming, we kept coming up with far more things than we could feasibly do in an academic year. (Some of them weren't even webinars.) I don't know how it is in other jobs, but I've found that librarians (myself included) have this awful tendency to want to do all the things all at once. Instead of saving some projects for later, we try desperately to DO IT ALL NOW because we think it's essential. That results in a lot of overwork and burn out.
In this particular instance, I told my colleagues that I was banking all of the ideas for future webinars and recorded videos. That helped rein things in. The problem, however, is that this desire to do all the things never seems to go away. Every time we work on something, we find more that we want to do.
My work Trello board is so full it's absurd. At this point, I just dump every idea I have onto themed boards, then I move the three(ish) projects I can actually do in a given time period over to my Priority board. To assuage my desire to DO ALL THE THINGS, I add some more ideas to my On Deck board. It's not a perfect system, but it's the only way I've been able to wrangle my desire to do all the things at once.
How do you manage idea overload?
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