Use these tactics to help you juggle multiple priorities:
- Tackle routine
typing, spreadsheets, etc., in order of due date, not in the order in
which you receive the work. Set up four folders labeled 1-7, 8-14,
15-21 and 22-31, representing the days of the month. Have execs drop
materials due in those time slots into the appropriate folder.
for the real deadline as soon as you receive new work, so you know when
you absolutely need to do it. When you serve multiple bosses with
constantly shifting deadlines and priorities, it pays to be proactive
in negotiating deadlines that work for your manager and you.
into the planning process early by attending department meetings. That
way, you can give managers input on how to best handle the
administrative tasks associated with their projects. And you can keep
them informed about what’s on your plate.
- Refuse to be caught in the
middle of a dispute over which major project you tackle first. If you
sense a power struggle emerging between manager A and B, ask them to
sort out their priorities and then inform you accordingly.
communication lines open by posting a dry-erase board in your work
area, showing at a glance what you’re doing for whom and by when.