The other day I enjoyed a business lunch with a group of executives that I recently realigned into a business team, and while we were discussing the strategic plan for the next month of a major project they are undertaking, I looked up to notice a young man (literally) heaping food into his plate at the salad bar. Truth be told, the foods he had amassed were all healthy enough, but the portions were out of control. Lettuce, dressing, croutons, pasta salad, carrots, rolls, and other items were spilling off the rim of the overloaded plate as he walked back to his table leaving a trail of salad bar items in his wake. I sort of chuckled at the view and one of the executives I was with looked at the young man and commented, “That’s the story of my life”.
Everyone knows that too much of a good thing isn’t a good thing. That’s passé. Yet, we all are trying to manage to squeeze so many “good things” into our daily lives that our plates are too full for our own good. Every guru wants to preach time management and setting priorities, but I think it requires something far greater than that. It requires being able to say “No” when adding that additional task will detract from your productivity and your quality of life. Managing unnecessary additions to your work is both senseless and inefficient. Just don’t add them in the first place.
Monday Morning Perspective:
“You don’t manage five minutes and end up with six.”- David Allen
“You don’t manage priorities, you have them.”- David Allen
Like the guy at the salad bar, if you exercise “portion control” you won’t have to worry about weight management. As an individual, if you exercise sound judgment and only take on a quantity of tasks that you can effectively handle, you won’t have to worry about time management either.
I always find it amusing to hear a fellow professional decline a business meeting by saying, “I’m sorry, I’m tied up with a family thing, but I wish I could.” It makes me want to shout, “C’mon people! Really? You’re apologizing for spending time with your spouse and kids?” Choose your priorities and don’t apologize for them. Making good decisions is what makes you an effective and empowered person. There’s nothing to be sorry about.
Have a wonderful week!
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