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  • Tami Hagemier - Queen of Harvest

Multitasking - Harvest is here

I’m tired, really tired. But that’s too bad because there’s a ton of work and there’s not much time before we open our Annual Harvest Celebration Festival. 2019 marks our 25th year so I have to get it right. I think this week must be like what moms of triplets go through on a daily basis. I’m not a mom - but I can rodeo cats, catch a greased pig that slipped out and deal with multiple persons meltdown all at the same time while keeping staff safe from their own inattention and make everything look pretty by the deadline. Some say I’m great at multitasking but really multitasking isn’t what I do; I’m a goal setter and an expert at prioritizing. I think the ability to determine direction, stay focused and work in a productive and effective order gives the impression I multitask but I actually hate running around with my head cut off which is what I think most multitaskers end up doing.

Multitasking isn’t very healthy and research shows it not very effective.

But focusing on ones goals is. Below is a list of tips. But one thing this list doesn’t include is making sure to decide which goals are most important or limited by time or even must occur before you can even begin reaching towards other goals. Writing what I must achieve is essential to me and I always begin identifying my goals long before I have to even start working towards achieving them. It seems the more time I spend thinking about and preparing for the job ahead the more likely I am to succeed. I also believe that reviewing and updating that goal list helps keep me stay focused and enables me to achieve quickly and move to the next goal. When working with many staff and volunteers during our festival season I can tell you that talking to others about the goals is imperative. I have learned to identify goal barriers and one of those barriers is when staff are standing around or working on other tasks than what was assigned. Usually those issues mean I haven’t talked to them about what the goals are, which goals need to be achieved first and their special role in goal achievement.

Set your goals and make them happen

  • Decide. Think of something you want to do or work towards. ...

  • Write it down. Carefully.

  • Tell someone. Telling someone we know about our goals also seems to increase the likelihood that we will stick at them.

  • Break your goal down.

  • Plan your first step.

  • Keep going.

  • Celebrate!!!

If I had to identify the most important part of goal work it would be from one of my favorite statements about working on goals.

We must “ruthlessly pursue the goal."

It’s a powerful statement that makes it clear we shouldn’t let other people or things distract us- that includes our other goals. My staff can attest to the fact that I can be ruthless when preparing for a major event where we host more than 40 thousand guests, have 25 tasting counters, somewhere between 25-40 staff and volunteers on property, over two dozen artists and families in the gardens. Three Festivals Weekend is a great time to visit Madison Indiana. If you come for Harvest Celebration be sure to let me know what you think. I’ll be the one by the Humane Society Tent high on mountain dew sugar and caffeine, eating a wild wiener with 6 people lined up to ask questions all who seem a little annoyed because I make them wait their turn so that I can focus on their question.

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