I have a list of more than 30 things I had hoped to get done in my work life by the end of 2016. They're all important, but hey I can prioritize, and I know that some are more important than others.
So I have a list of about six that are urgent.
I am no stranger to my own magical thinking about time, so I will force myself to do some actual calendar math.
Including today, there are 15 business days left in 2016. If you work full-time in a Monday to Friday kind of way and you're not taking any vacation or holiday time, that's how many days you have.
If you're taking the time off between Christmas and New Year's, you have 10 days. (If you work half-time, make that 5.)
And I'm guessing some of that time is slated for holiday lunches or gatherings or revelry, so if we're really being honest (and even if you don't plan to use any work time to order gifts online or take stuff to the post office), we're really not looking at a lot of work time left here in 2016.
In years past, I would have pretended until the very last moment that I could somehow get it all done. I would have stayed up late, eaten like crap, and worked like a dog to cram in as much of it as I could. And I wouldn't have been intentional about what was inevitably left undone. Two years ago, I stopped that, and the world didn't end.
Instead, around this time in December, I chose the two things I could get done by the end of the year, and for the rest: I either delegated them, or I acknowledged to myself and to the folks who were expecting things that they weren't going to happen.
I'll be writing some emails and making some calls today to let folks know about a few things that aren't going to happen until 2017, and then I'm not going to worry about them again this season.
If you're reconsidering your by-the-end-of-the-year list in your work, you are not alone. And I sure do love you.