“I gotta get something off my plate,” Adrian shook his head. “I am so busy, I just don’t have time to get everything done.”
“Busy?” I asked. For me, busy is a code word, a clue, that there is a mis-match in level of work.
“Yes. Busy. I get here early to catch things up from yesterday, make some headway on one of my projects, but about 7:30, the chaos begins.”
“Chaos?” I asked. For me, chaos is a code word, a clue, that there is a mis-match in level of work.
“Yes. Chaos,” Adrian replied. “Unsolved problems from yesterday. Yesterday’s decisions delayed until today. It hits my email, it hits my text messages, it hits my phone, it walks through my office door.”
“So, you think you have a problem?” I clarified. “And, if you could get something off your plate, you would have more time? And if you had more time, you wouldn’t be so busy? And if you weren’t so busy, there would be less chaos?”
“That’s it,” Adrian agreed.
“Then, why did you start coming to work so early?” I probed.
“Because I was too busy during the day. There was too much chaos during the day. I couldn’t get anything done,” Adrian was frustrated with his circular problem.
“So, you came to work early to get more time, but you are still too busy and there is still too much chaos? Do you think not-enough-time is really the problem.”