My year’s been off and running so far – so much so that I’ve almost felt overwhelmed at times.
Travel and training; new clients and current clients; ongoing projects, new collaborations and potential opportunities; meeting new colleagues and cherishing time with trusted advisors.
It’s all good stuff: good people and meaningful projects. But it can feel like a lot all at once.
When things get busy, we have to make some choices.
If you’re looking for ways to stay on top of what most matters, try this:
1) Check in with yourself. What’s really important? What gives you energy? What drains you? Check in with your values to help you figure out what’s most important to you.
2) What’s truly yours to do? What can only you do? Who else can do it? Learn the critical skill of delegation.
3) Say no. “No” is actually a complete sentence. Practice it frequently.
4) Say yes to what matters, with gusto. What do you really want to say yes to?
5) Ask for help. The most effective leaders don’t do it alone and ask for help frequently. Practice this also.
6) Turn down the volume on your inner critic. Your inner critic is the voice of doubt, worry, or criticism of yourself. Underneath the chatter of the inner critic is usually a core value of yours: practice hearing the 2% truth in the message of the critic instead of the 98% garbage.
In the Comments section below, I’d love to hear from you! Tell me:
– What do you do when you have too much good stuff to do?
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