Things you can do today that will help you out tomorrow
Some personal news: Last week I signed with the fantastic literary agents at Janklow & Nesbit, who’ll now take the lead in getting the international version of GRIP out. I’m super excited about all the work up to this point panning out like this, and can’t wait to share the next steps.
I’m sure a lot is being asked of you right now. And I rarely meet people who say they have no problem whatsoever handling everything on their plate.
When we feel overloaded, it means we take on a reactive stance, working hard, harder, hardest just to stay afloat. Then you no longer get around to those things that give you the room to catch your breath in the long run.
Figuring out what might help isn’t easy. Especially when you’re up to your ears in work. So here are some things you can do today that will help you out tomorrow:
Make a clear list of your priorities and current projects, with the next three concrete steps for each project
Decide to delegate or give up one or more of your responsibilities
Prep for your meetings tomorrow and the rest of the week. Make sure you take care of agreed-on action items
Move all those loose ends in your head to your to-do list
Note up to three things that annoy you or hinder you in your current job, and take one concrete step towards remedying one of them (e.g. let someone know, propose a fix)
Note up to three things that annoy you or hinder you in your house, and take concrete action towards remedying one of them (e.g. clean up, arrange for a repair, order a replacement)
What never fails to give you energy? A favorite hobby? Or giving someone a call and catching up? Set aside time for that in your calendar this week
Ask your partner what you can do in the coming week to be a better partner and make it happen
What haven’t you managed to get to in a while? Make sure you know what the next little step is that you can take and do it today
What book did you read years ago that had an unbelievably positive impact on your life? Flip through it for 15 minutes
You know that person you keep thinking about? Send a short message to say just that
Reply to that one email or message that’s been waiting for ages on an answer.
Take a half-hour walk without music or a podcast and without even taking your phone along
Turn off all notifications on your telephone
Go to bed on time
Have a great day and week!