Time to Stop

This time of year, it’s always good to review… did we make our numbers? Did we get the business we expected? Did we have any positive surprises? Taking stock with a positive spin is something we don’t often do. Normally, we’re ready to pounce on ourselves (and others) for what we haven’t yet been able to achieve.

So, rather than focus on tasks that haven’t yet been checked, let’s look at a few things we can “stop” doing next year that will free up our time for more fun, more productivity or more rest!

STOP:

  • Doing Work that’s not Worth it.  There are so many projects we take on because we thing we should.  They are not fun, they are not valuable or valued be the client, and they aren’t going to build our business for the long term. Yet the “should” gets in front of us.  My new mantra is: STOP/NOTICE/CHOOSE.  When we make a choice to accept or reject work, it has a whole different energy to it.
  • Responding Immediately to Emails.  This is one of my worst habits–I’m like a trained monkey who loves to just hit “reply” every minute and a half.  This is distracting, unproductive and reactionary. If I check my emails 3x a day versus 30, I’ll be a lot happier (and so will you!) this time next year.
  • Eating Lunch at the Desk.  I have never been one to do this, I guess I just don’t like all the crumbs in my keyboard…but I know a lot of people who do.  And it’s not good.  They end up spending a lot of time surfing the web, posting on Facebook and texting because it’s their “lunch break”, and they have a much tougher time getting back to “work”. When you sit down (in another place), eat lunch and enjoy the food, and chat with your colleagues, you return  to your desk refreshed and rejuvenated–and ready to rock the latter part of the day.
  • Reading Newsletters.  This  is a tough one for me, as I am naturally nosy. I love to read about what other businesses are doing and what projects they’re involved.  But, many times, they do not add value to anything I need that day, or week, or month.  Instead, create a newsletter file and put them there. That way, if you want to go back and research a particular topic when the time is right, they’ll be there.
  • Saving Everything “In Case”.  Throw away ANYTHING you can as soon as you can.  I’m a tosser, and yes, I’ve thrown away things I’ve needed before. But not very often.  And when it does happen, I can usually find a “saver” to send it to me!

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