Summer reading = more patrons + more programs + more circulation + more marketing + + + + +
How do we deal with the increased workload?
Read Ways to Cope with an Increased Workload, a super short article (5 mins or less). You might learn a couple new-to-you strategies to try to deal with your increased workload this summer.
Here area few highlights from the article:
- “Let go of perfection… Good enough is good.” It’s hard for me to let go of perfection so I like to identify what should be as perfect as it can, and what really can be good enough. For example, the media blast that will be everywhere all summer ( as perfect as possible) -vs- my library’s table at the fair (good enough is good).
- “Identify time-wasters. Once you’re clear what they are, start reducing them.” Sometimes I get lost in certain tasks that I particularly enjoy (selecting books for anything) and they become time-wasters. I find that if I chunk these tasks together and set a timer for how much time I want/need to spend on them, then I significantly reduce time wasted.
- “Establish priorities… it is imperative to be clear on your priorities, because they may not be what you think they are.”
When my workload increases everything seems URGENT! and super important. When I stop, take a few breaths, calm down, and really think about it (often finding and reading over my original planning document)… my mind starts to work better. I realize, in my overwhelmed state, I prioritized a few things wrong and some things weren’t really as urgent or as important as I thought.
Ways to Cope with an Increased Workload has a great priority matrix I plan to try using. I think I’ll also write the priorities of my projects or work group directly above the chart so they are right in front of me, instead of having to dig through my files to find my planning document.