When you are short of time, here is the one action that will give you 80 percent results in 20 percent of the time.
Balance expectations and resources continuously.
BY DOING THIS
– Monitor plans to ensure there is enough time to complete all tasks.
– Document gaps.
– Communicate gaps to leaders with two options: increase resources or reduce tasks.
Burnout is a stress-related state of emotional, physical or mental exhaustion. It occurs when the demands of a job are greater than a person’s ability to manage them. Triggers include long hours, impossible deadlines, little control of inputs, hostile conditions and low rewards. In other words, project demands.
The impacts of burnout are devastating—extreme fatigue, loss of motivation, drops in performance, insomnia, feelings of resentment and hopelessness and illness. Fortunately, the conditions that lead to burnout are easy to spot: unrealistic expectations and insufficient resources are visible to all. To minimize burnout, review resource plans for gaps throughout the project. If conditions change (time, resources, scope), communicate imbalances to leaders immediately. Highlighting the risk of failure is the best defense against unrealistic expectations that cause burnout.
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