This Week’s Focus Point: Flexibility Rules
My daughter got married over the weekend. I’m writing this the Monday before the wedding because I know that the week leading up to it is flush with moving parts, potential jobs for me, and the need to be flexible. To that end, I’ve planned out my business week to be complete by end of the day Tuesday. I’m sure I will have found a few nuggets to write about soon!
I’ve worked with many a business owner, leader and professional that fills every nook and cranny of their days. They bemoan not having enough time because they are so busy. Some see an open space in their calendar and just have an insatiable need to drop a new meeting, call, or project in it. I know you might not believe me, but many of you reading this right now resemble this example to some level. And, it’s dangerous.
Balance is necessary to be successful and happy. You must find discretionary time to relax, enjoy hobbies, exercise, and often just do nothing. In order to achieve this, you must build in flexibility into your calendar. You accomplish this by intentionally leaving plenty of open space and resisting the urge to fill it with work or chaos. Step 1 is strategizing for the future by doing or scheduling things in advance (hence my newsletter being written 4 days earlier than normal). Step 2 is prioritizing activities into urgent, important, and normal. Some of you are overflowing with urgent, when the normal bucket should be the most used. Step 3 is to include flexibility and nimbleness into your day. That’s right…plan for the unplanned and the relaxation. When you’re flexible, you can more adroitly deal with the unexpected and enhance your own life balance.
Quote of the Week:
“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. ”
~ Jim Rohn
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