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The Intro #44: You cannot do it all

September 17, 2020
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Maybe it’s just us, but the Q4 craziness that normally kicks off in October has creeped its way into our September and is currently overwhelming our calendars. The end-of-year hustle is (somehow) already upon us, so it’s time to get prepared.

Here are two tips that might just save your sanity this week:

1. Get organized.
2. Ask for help.

By organized, we don’t necessarily mean new tools or a color-coded notebook (though we do love a good notebook…and would definitely encourage a school-supplies-for-grown-ups shopping spree). We mean getting your head around what needs to get done — then making a plan to do it.

For our team, that means early-morning and end-of-day check-ins to keep tabs on the many disparate projects we’re working on. It means delineating as many tasks as we can think of — even the teeny tiny ones that we’re sure we’ll just remember (spoiler: we won’t). It means being honest about our capacity in a given day/week.

Which brings us to point number two: You cannot do it all. Sometimes, you’ll have to delete assignments completely. And even more often, you’ll have to ask for help. This is why you (hopefully) have a team to support you (and what we do for all of our clients if you’re looking for an extra set of hands!).

The busy season is upon us — and you don’t need to be a hero. Find people you trust you can carry some of the burden — then get to work.

(And for real, if you have a notebook you love, let us know!)

Allison Kooser

Allison is Chief Storyteller at Swell+Good, where she partners with amazing organizations to help them bring their stories to life. She is an avid traveler, an expert takeout orderer, and a big believer in curiosity and kindness. She tries to learn something new every day, and she reads, writes, and paddleboards more than the average human.
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