Brazen Careerist Penelope Trunk on how to improve your job just by dumping stuff from your to do list:
You define what your job by what you focus on. If we focus on everything, our job is nothing. I dumped things that are essential to some jobs. But just by virtue of the fact that I dumped a task, I declared it nonessential to my job. When you have too much on your plate, and everything seems essential, decide on a job change. Right there.
You don’t need to job hop in order to change jobs. You don’t need permission. You can just change the emphasis on your to do list, and thus decide what you want your job to be about. You will be surprised at how many things are on your list because you decided they were important, and not someone else. Which means, of course, that you can dump them.
This could be useful advice as you reflect on the past year and approach a new one, a time when you might be thinking of making over your job or career.
What are you going to focus on and emphasize in 2008? And what are you going to dump off your to do list?