‘Tis the season for airing out the house, organizing the closets, and deep cleaning the rugs, but have you thought about giving your brain a good power wash this Spring?
Much of what is rattling ‘round your head right now falls into one of three categories, obligations, goals and projects, and opportunities.
Obligations are thank you notes, volunteer commitments, an annual dental check up, a child’s sporting event, routine paperwork, or finding speakers for the weekly sales meeting.
Goals and projects include those items such as organizing your contact data base, redesigning the performance review process, losing 15 lbs, or having 5 new clients by the end of 2nd Q.
Opportunities consist of starting a blog for your business, participating more fully in your professional association, being a mentor to a younger colleague, or getting to know your nephew who is a freshman at VU.
For optimal efficiency, it is time to get these categories organized and prioritized. Here are several options for clearing out the cobwebs.
- DELEGATE: Can your assistant or a 17 year old do it?
- SHARE: Do you have to do this by yourself, or can you enlist some helpers?
- SHRINK: Is the goal too big as stated? Should it really be lose 5 lbs?
- QUESTION: Why do you want to organize your contact data base? To be able to follow up more efficiently with prospects? Establish a mailing list for a newsletter?
- PRIORITIZE: All things are not created equal
- DISCARD: How long have you been carrying this thing? Face it, you hate your volunteer job, will never lose 15 lbs, and don’t like your nephew. Get over it. It’s fine. Give yourself more time for the things that you really care to achieve.
Ah! I smell Pine-Sol! Go forth and get your mental house in order!