There is so much to do!

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It feel likes you are running around like a chicken with your head cut off (literally running between departments and meetings and/or mentally churning with all the projects you’ve got to get done!).

It would be GREAT if you could set priorities – but how in the world do you do that when you can’t even seem to get your thoughts straight?!

This week, we’re going super practical on some tips!

Tip 1: Make and keep a list

At the beginning of each day start out by writing out all you’ve got to accomplish.

And, as more things get added onto your plate, update your list!

Feeling a little sad about the length? That’s ok! It’s better to have all those tasks identified in one place than scattered around your brain.

Tip 2: Mark all your items in order of importance

My guess is that almost everything you are working on is urgent (or you wouldn’t feel so overwhelmed) and you probably feel like everything is important, too.

But, there are only so many hours in a work day and you can only get so much done. So, pick out those 2 or 3 or 5 things that you HAVE to get done today and mark them one color.

Mark those next 5 or 7 times that would be great to get done in a separate color and take all the remaining items and mark them a 3rd color.

Now you’ve got your starting place!

Tip 3: Set time goals for yourself

Look at those items that you have to get done today and think through the following question: if you are at your best and totally focused, how long should each of those take you?

Now, plan out when you’ll work on each of those items and set your goal to be to finish in a specific amount of time.

Zone in, get your coffee in hand, and set your mind to execution mode!

Now – get it done!

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Stop, Start, and Continue

Stop Light

Ever heard this? “Winners never quit and quitters never win”

I don’t think that’s wise.  Wise winners quit. In fact, people that don’t quit get stuck – and then don’t have room, bandwidth, and energy to get other, more impactful things done.

Perspective on what to do can come from within (reflection) and from others (feedback). Either way – a good, balanced model for yourself and those you manage relates to the stoplight:

  • Stop
  • Start
  • Continue

It’s pretty self explanatory, right? The important part is to balance the elements out.  Why?  Because for every stop, there’s a start and a continue (it’s aggravating to be stuck at stop all the time). The stoplight model addresses a more ‘feed forward’ approach, so you think and talk about what you’re going to do differently the next time, not how things could’ve been better the last time.

Try the stoplight way of giving yourself and others feedback instead of the ‘sandwich’ feedback model where positive stuff sandwiches the negative.

Changing and growing is a continual process of starting, quitting, and learning. Let me know how it works for you.