Are You Doing Too Many Things at Once?

Guest Post by Tonianne DeMaria Barry

We are all overworked, overstressed and overcommitted.

Yet we seldom know why.

Our projects are too demanding, we say. Or maybe it’s because our backlogs are too big. We believe it’s because our jobs are too important. We’re too special to slow down.

But we’re wrong.

It’s because we – as individuals, teams and companies – are doing too many things at once.

At any given time, you have a choice. You can be starting something – or finishing something.

Value, however, only comes from completion.

We want to limit our work-in-progress (WIP) so we can have the time to actually finish our work.

When we limit our WIP, we focus, we complete and we move on. We finish faster, our quality improves … and our customers rejoice.

When we do too much, we don’t, it doesn’t … and they revolt.

Limit WIP or die.

Learn more about why and how to limit your WIP:


3 thoughts on “Are You Doing Too Many Things at Once?

  1. Limiting WIP is one of the hardest things to do on a personal level, yet provides one of the biggest benefits. I can actually get stuff done!

    If I didn’t limit my work, I would spend my days chasing squirrels. OK, I would spend MORE of my days chasing squirrels. Limiting WIP is like a temporary blast of squirrel-away.

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