I don’t know about you, but I have been feeling really scattered these days. I had to laugh that my podcast episodes have been published out of order. I’m thrown off as to what day of the week it is due to Monday being a holiday (that I actually took off, I’m being a good boss to myself).
I am in the process of hiring a new assistant. All the tasks that pile up to be an extra full time job have been ignored. I just can’t do it all- so I didn’t do most of it.
I feel slightly guilty that I am letting all the little stuff go un-managed, but at the same time, I feel free. The business is still growing.
In fact, because I allowed social media management to be pushed on the back burner, I’ve had more time to engage and interact with people right in front of me.
This has led to more opportunities and to more business. You may be asking what the point to all of this is. The point is that it is OK to say no to most of the things that are demanding your attention and that seem pressing.
The truth is, most things can be left alone. We fear that by not attending to, and managing all the little things that add up and pile high that we won’t ever be able to catch up. So we scramble around like a maniac trying to manage it all. We also are trying to be our best for the big stuff.
By the time we are done managing all the little things, we have very little energy left for the big things. The things that actually matter.
I run into people every day that explain why they haven’t updated their resume, applied to the job they promised they would, reached out to people that don’t know who you are yet, etc.
It’s the little things that seem to keep them from doing what will get the big results. “I have to clean my house, do my laundry, pull my weeds.”
Today, pick one task that is part of a bigger goal and commit to doing it. Looking for a job? Than devote a few hours to getting clear on what you want. Trying to get more exercise into your routine? Go for a 15 min walk and let the dishes stay in the sink for the day.
What will you give up doing to get the big stuff done?