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OK, you're a leader of an organization, group, department, team...doesn't matter. You're inundated. You don't know what to look at first, and then there's voice mail on top of it all.

How are you supposed to lead when you're bombarded with all this stuff?

In today's Management tip from Harvard Business Publishing, Peter Bregman talks about two lists you should look at every morning. There is some great stuff in this article but there are other things to keep in mind...

People look at priorities and goals. There is a third category that might not fit into the first two and that's pressures. If there's a pressure that's not an organizational priority or a goal it still has to be dealt with and quickly. It's the last minute emergency, the hot issue or the glitch in a system. They aren't categorized but happen every day.

Yes, as Peter Bregman states we are inundated with electronic information. Our inboxes are overflowing, many try to keep up with Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn not to mention other social media that is vying for your attention. As someone who wears many hats, Executive Coach, Advisor, Board VP, Teacher, Author and Writer, let me tell you I am not only inundated but had to make some key decisions as to what I needed to stay on top of.

First choice was to get off Twitter and fast. Within 2 days I had over 2,500 people following me and emailing me. Why exactly? And why did I want to wade through all that email it generated? so I'm off. Facebook and LinkedIn were the two I chose to keep current with as it gave me and my clients through me, value. That's what it's all about. If I have to take 2 hours to wade through Tweets by who knows who, that is not the best use of my time. Leaders now have staffers monitoring social media. Decide what you need to be on top of and what you need to drop and now. If it doesn't serve you, your organization, staff or clients then drop it. The value has to outweigh the time spent on these services.  Then see how they tie in with your four levels of categories 1) Pressures & Priorities 2) Pressures 3) Priorities 4) Goals

In a perfect world whatever you're doing will be all 4. So make it as perfect as you can, schedule in your emergencies and evolve through time spent. Leaders make choices that serve themselves and others.  Just because things are popular, doesn't mean they're relevant.

Donna Karlin, President and Founder A Better Perspective, Executive and Political Leadership Coaching