With two weeks to go in the year, most of us face the choice of getting IMPORTANT things done . . . or not. The “not” result can easily happen when on the one hand we feel pressure(d), and on the other we feel a mix of “there’s just no way to get it all done,” and “I’m so ready for it all to be over.” Here are five solutions to this rock-and-a-hard place conundrum:
1. Focus and Commit to what’s most important. What will make the biggest difference to you and your team(s) to have done by year end?
2. Place results over effort. Know what the results are. Keep them up front. Effort, if not expected to generate results is a waste of effort!
3. Do the most important first. Use your best morning-brain on what matters most.
4. Lead by 2. Two of the greatest assets of LX2 are: The encouragement and the accountability that flow when you ask someone to support you in these ways. Tell them what you’re after, why it matters, and how they can best help.
5. As Annie Lamott famously told the story of her father talking to her little brother about the science report on birds that he had neglected to do for many weeks and now sought his dad’s help help: “bird by bird,” son, “bird by bird.” (Lamott borrowed her father’s line for the title of her wonderful book on writing, Bird by Bird.)
Since 1977 when I dropped Spanish 101 after one semester of college, I’ve alternately thought of learning Spanish as a “bucket list wish” or with the sinking feeling, “I’ll never get it done.” Now, I’ve done 70 straight days on Duolingo (pat self on back) and I’ll soon surpass what I knew (and forgot) 42 years ago.
Focus, commit and then go bird by bird, word by word, day by day to lead to
Lead with your best self.