being in 2 places at once

I struggle with this…being everywhere at the same time.  Running from meeting to meeting.  I am usually on time for the first one, but then late to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.  I feel like everyone is waiting for answers from me and can’t do their jobs well.  I am a bottleneck.

Am I crazy?  Or is this just something that comes with being a leader?  Am I a control freak?  Do I have a difficult time letting go?  Do I have too many opinions?  Am I involved in too much?  I’m not even sure what the point of this post is, except that I am struggling.  By trying to be everywhere at once, I feel like I am nowhere all the time.

For those of you who read this, and know me, this is probably not news to you.  Often waiting for answers to emails that have by now been buried in my inbox.  Or waiting in my office for me to show up to a meeting that I scheduled with you.  Or even just walking by my office and never seeing me in there.

Is the answer shorter meetings?  Is the answer fewer meetings?  Being involved with less?  Saying “no” more?  More disciplined meetings?  Less personal interaction?

For those of you who have figured out how to be everywhere at the same time, what is your secret?

  • Bernhard Schindler April 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    My secret is this: first comes time with God. A lot of it. Something might be urgent, but nothing is more important than time with my God.
    Then I say no. I say no lots of times. But when I say yes, I keep my word.
    Then I begin very early to put people in charge of things, so they do not need me that often. When I lead, then I lead the main decisions. But the small descisions lay with the people that I trust. They do not have to ask me, they can decide themselves.
    That’s all.

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