Work Smarter, not Harder
For quite a few years now my “white board” has been my organizational cornerstone. This morning I spent about an hour organizing and updating my white board which is intended to be a one page overview of all the things I have going on. My white board now encompasses two office rental & coworking locations as well as a team that delivers bookkeeping, marketing and administrative staffing and support.
The truth is my one page white board has somehow grown into a 12 page mish mash of typing, handwritten notes and various screenshots of all the things I may need to do or research. Also, bear in mind I am a very competent delegator but I’ve somehow managed to overload everyone around me as well (I can “hear” my staff smiling).
So, do I work more hours? Multitask more? Do I expect even more “above & beyond-ness” from my team? I think not.
It’s time to take some of my own advice and do what has allowed me to grow a multi-location organization and take frequent vacations including a summer off along the way. So, today I write to myself and hope that you might glean a pearl of wisdom or a useful tidbit as well.
- Take breaks – a short walk does wonders for my perspective. Get out of the box to think outside the box!
- Take care of myself – my greatest asset is me. I have to put self-care first.
- Be realistic – what 3 things will I attempt to complete today.
- Be willing to change – since this white board is no longer working I need to stay open to alternatives (without adding another task to my list)
- Stay a student – without adding another time constraint to my calendar I will commit to truly listening to the people around me.
- Live in gratitude and focus on the positive – enough said.
- Be a “Go-Giver” (by Bob Burg) – no matter how busy I get, I will always make time to give back to staff, colleagues and community.
- Find the fun – those of you who have worked with me or have hung around us, you know we love to laugh. Laughter is great medicine.
- Make sure I do something every day to drive my organization forward, that which I am uniquely qualified to do.
- Delegate that which takes me away from the focusing on that which I am uniquely qualified to do.
Whew, I feel better already. Sometimes we just need to restate that which we already know to bring it back to life.
Stay tuned …
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