If someone came up to you at work and asked, “What’s the most important thing you have on your plate,” would you have a ready answer? Most people have plenty of tasks to juggle. But having a lot to do, and being able to prioritize it all, are vastly different.
Over the years, I’ve come across a fair number of personality tests and skill assessments, and personally, I find them fascinating (and usually helpful). But there’s a potential danger to be aware of.
When it comes to your calendar, have you ever found yourself struggling to make everything fit? It can be difficult, if not impossible, to fit in time for work, for friends and family, for hobbies and recreation, for health and exercise, not to mention possible side projects or additional education. This is especially challenging when the things you’re trying to fit in are all worthwhile in themselves. How do you decide how to spend your time? How do you ensure that you’re not neglecting those things that are most important to you?
Wisdom in life is about more than just knowing what to do; it’s also about knowing when to do it.
It’s tempting to want to do everything right now. The fear is if we don’t do it now, it won’t get done. The downside in taking an everything-at-once approach, though, is that it’s all too easy for us to take on too much. And in the end we don’t see the overall progress we had hoped.
I’ve noticed a trend in how both individuals and organizations want to be known as “thought leaders” in their field. And while thought leaders certainly exists, here are a couple observations about this push to be labeled as such.
Some people are efficient in processing their emails. But there’s something even more effective than being able to quickly process the ones that arrive in your inbox. It’s choosing to keep the unnecessary ones from showing up there in the first place.
Most people want to be ‘successful.’ But ’success,’ by itself, makes for a poor target.
How many times have you heard someone look at the accomplishments of another and say, “Oh, I could do that”? Maybe you’ve said the same thing on occasion. And while this may indeed be true, there’s a big difference between being ‘capable’ of doing something, and actually doing it.
I’m currently on vacation, so there will be no new posts this week. Instead, here’s a list of some selected ones from earlier in the year. I hope you enjoy.