Multi-tasking in a muti-taxing environment!
Well, I pride myself on my application of GTD principles to my work and life. (They say pride goeth before a fall!) Yesterday I had my first performance review since I was asked to support 2 division presidents and one EVP of Global Business Development. Mostly it was a good review, but what got under my skin was the fact that they noted that I seemed overwhelmed by juggling their multiple priorities. This hit a nerve, because I have never dropped the ball. Let me say that I work in a culture where if you don't answer an email within half an hour, that is deemed being "unresponsive."
I will fully admit that if I were any of the three execs I support, I would want to be more proactively supported. I have high expectations too - but the reality of the situation is that I need to keep all the balls in the air, and not stare intently at one of them and figure out how it's made! I am also tasked with extensive sales reporting, and I tangentially support the execs direct reports (including travel, meetings, expense reports, drive-by requests, etc.)
My reviewer said "I know we run lean..." Yup - they have 4 administrative assistants for 9 C-level execs and all their direct reports! No department assistants, nuthin...
Lest I continue ranting - my question to this forum is: do you have any suggestions (changing jobs is not an option I intend to pursue at this point, as I am also helping my husband get his business back on track, and we need some stability!) re: (a) juggling multiple priorities, (b) communicating w/my supervisors about my priorities without annoying them, etc.?
Thanks in Advance