On Friday I posted my three tips to managing a work deluge. Today I’m going to talk about how to avoid the deluge in the first place.
There are two types of work from your employer’s perspective. Work that is loved. And work that is valued.
Work that is valued is work that organizations are willing to put resources behind, work that will be considered when a supervisor evaluates your contribution. And then there is work that is loved. Stuff that is cool, interesting, fun, exciting, it has potential, it is novel and unique.
The kind of work we want to do is the work that is both valued and loved.
The kind of work we have to do is the valued not loved stuff. The boring, everyday stuff that makes the business run. For university professors, this type of work consists of committee work and grading papers. No one wants to do it, but it is essential to the organization.
The kind of work we want to avoid is the stuff that is loved but not valued. Why? because although the organization will encourage us to do it, we’ll drive ourselves nuts trying to do it with no resources. We also divert our attention from the stuff that is valued and we’ll get very little acknowledgment for our efforts when it comes to performance evaluation.
One of the ways that you can manage your workload and stress level at work is to do the stuff that is loved and valued. Avoid the stuff that is not valued by the organization. It’s hard to do this, because the stuff that is loved is stuff that we all want to do, because it is exciting and interesting. It creates meaning for us. But in the end, if it is not valued, then you will consistently bang your head against a brick wall. And that’s not lovely.