Five strategies for managing the urgent (and not-so-urgent) demands.
November 20, 2023
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The end of the year can be stressful enough without the extra pressure of last-minute requests due before New Year’s Eve. The author offers five strategies to help you mitigate the crunch: 1) Anticipate and ask if you suspect a recurrent request is heading your way; 2) Commit to your PTO; 3) Clarify what you’re being asked to do; 4) Reprioritize your commitments; and 5) Look for ways to prevent next year’s scramble.
My client Jacob sighed in exasperation as he told me about the year-end presentations he’d unexpectedly been asked to create for his company’s executive team. “Every year, it’s the same frantic scramble as December approaches,” he said. “It’s like everyone’s surprised that the year is almost gone.”
Darcy Eikenberg, PCC, is an executive coach and leadership speaker who teaches leaders how to help their people stay. A former partner in global HR consulting firm Hewitt Associates (now part of Aon), her clients include Mondelēz International, PwC, Workday, Discover, State Farm and more. She’s the author of Red Cape Rescue: Save Your Career Without Leaving Your Job, and writes regularly at RedCapeRevolution.com.