Friday, May 31, 2013

Front Burners

I've been busy lately. I know, you have too...we all are busy. But for me, I've been busy, as in "I can't keep up with everything I want to do in life" busy. I don't like it. I particularly don't like it when it impacts my life here in the blogosphere. (Does anyone still use that word?...I have been away too long.) 

One of the main reasons I'm all cranked up about my recent situation is actually good. My job is more demanding than ever; the assignments I'm working on are more challenging than ever, and the possibilities to do good work are everwhere. That's a pretty good reason to take a short hiatus from the least this blog.

There's No Place Like A Blog
Although it's been quiet here lately, that doesn't mean I've been able to stay quiet overall. I mean, seriously people! Me? Quiet? No way!

I've been blessed recently with the opportunity to participate on several terrific blogging sites including ceVokeJobsite, Performance I Create and HR Tact. (You might even see a rare guest post soon right here.) These are fanatastic projects, and it looks like one more is on the way. Maybe it's all too much? Or, maybe I'm not organized enough to embrace every single opportunity life brings my way. So what, I'm going for it anyway.

Work Is Like A Stove
My organization is going through a period of rapid and exciting change.  The result as I mentioned has been a little time away from the blog...but that time has passed.

I like to think about my organizational priorities this way...

"Imagine a huge stove with only front burners. That is how I need to prioritize all of my work right now. Everything is a front burner issue."

That approach may not be the healthiest. Nor is it what the so called experts claim is the best way to organize and rank the work you need to accomplish. Really, 3 to 5 items on my task list each day? Get real!

Guess what? Sometimes everything is a priority and you need to find a way to get it done!

How About You
What does the stove look like where you work? Is it an apartment sized hot plate? Or, do you look far to the left and far to the right and only see that one row of front burners too?

I'ts good to be back.

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.



  1. Good to have you back Jay - I like this return, sounds like you're facing quite a challenge just now. Turning up the heat on all fronts can sometimes be the only way to get it all done, and if the price of gas over there is anything like over here, that may not be sustainable for too long! Take care.

    1. Thanks Doug...I'm still moving faster than normal...but I'm all in!!!

  2. I have missed your posts, Jay. I think many of us are facing this challenge. My burners look like an industrial size oven (like the ones in restaurants).

    My responsibilities have increased and I have been involved with the blog and other ventures as well. More importantly, there is home life which involves recitals, school etc. I know you are very involved in this regard also.

    I think we all have to reach a point where we reevaluate what is important. This either allows you to continuosly prioritize what is important and/or pivot any plans, if needed. I know the pace I have been keeping since January 1 is not sustainable, but I am looking for ways to make it work. Continuous improvement! We're all on a journey right?

    Good luck with it all!

    Best Regards,


    1. Many thanks Janine...and good luck to you as you juggle so many different priorities!

      We're all in this together!

  3. I have skipped your content, Jay. I think many of us are experiencing this task. linkedin