Burnout: Operating on an Otherworldly Timezone
Can I Operate on Martian time? Have you ever wished you had just a little more time in each day? On those leap days when you gain an hour- are you that person that schedules something productive over sleep in that hour? A Martian day is about 45 minutes longer than our and a year there take nearly twice as long. If I could only change my time zone to operate on Martian time- I'd have about twice as long to get things done. if you find yourself going to the extreme to squeeze in that extra hour in lieu of things like eating a sleeping, you may not only be on the path to burnout but your family may not remember your name by the end of your next Martian year.
Coming Around: Delegate and Prioritize
Reschedule: Sometimes being overworked is because you are unable to delegate. So get to it. Start assigning pieces to the other members of your team. Schedule follow-ups with them to check on progress and so you can keep your finger on the pulse while they (and you) are handling the transition. Perhaps lack of delegation is becuase you just can't trust anyone on yoru team or maybe you are the one everythign gets delegated to. I think everyone has had a case of the lazy manager that blames you for thier failure or has had to work with someone you wouldn't trust the task of peeling a banana. Sometimes confrontation is the answer. There are healthy ways of addressing problem members of your team that are professional. Sticking your head in the sand won't make them go away and some progress is better than none even if the anxiety of the confrontation has you beat. Practice what you are going to say ahead of time. Take the role of the other member. Make sure your words are helpful, direct, and pointed at a path forward. Make sure you have an opporunity to get feedback from them during your talk. If the situation has progressed to the point that you need to address it at a human resources level, get someone from that department to step in the room as a witness and advocate for the cause.