40 Questions Everyone Is Afraid To Ask — Question 3

This is question 3 in the “40 Questions Everyone Is Afraid To Ask” collection.

Are you holding onto something that you need to let go of?

I probably have a few T-shirts that I should retire. I’m sure I have some socks in the drawer that have holes in them. And those boxes in the basement should take a trip to the dump.

Those are material items that mean very little. As for a feeling, thought, secret, or problem, nothing comes to mind. As I said before, I’m not a worrywart. If something bothers me, I let it be known — or find an outlet to unload.

If I had to come up with something, it would probably relate to work. I take great pride in my work, and it shows. Unfortunately, this also means that many projects land in my lap, when maybe they shouldn’t. Lately, this has been a recurring theme — so and so is not getting it done, so give it to Roy. Ahh, great. Just one more thing to do. In some cases, this isn’t a problem. But the dumpster can only hold so much trash. So I’d probably say that I need to let some projects go — let one or two start to fail. Show the powers that be that there is only so much I (and my group) can handle. They’ve been told, but maybe they need to see it.

It’s tough though. The praise is great incentive, but being the dumping ground and suffering just isn’t fair. One could imagine these other groups are failing to complete projects just so they get reassigned. But they don’t get punished. They just get work taken off their plates.

I know this is a strange answer to the question, but it’s really the only issue that comes to mind. I’m sure I’m just voicing my frustration here and won’t turn around and let projects fail. I want the boss folks to know the situation, but don’t want to sour my reputation either. What can you do?!

I should just go take care of those old shirts and holey socks!