This week’s focus point: Something that I have never noticed before at the tidal pool at the Sea Point promenade (I shared some thoughts about it with you earlier – get it here on my blog) is that it has an overflow outlet that is about 20 cm or so lower than the top of the walls.
The pool will accept incoming water until the water reaches the overflow level after which it begins to get rid of what’s already there to maintain a predetermined volume of water.
We can only manage a limited volume of work. But we allow ourselves to drown by taking on more and more commitments – especially if, like many people, you have difficulty in saying “no” to new requests and demands (i.e. more “water”) on your time and energy.
We can create capacity by completing things, but the ability to say “no” and protect your boundaries is like the overflow outlet in the pool – things come your way but you let them go right away.
Create an outlet so you can manage what is already in your “tidal pool” – say “no”.
“Personal Kanban” is an approach that you may find useful to manage your workload. It is based on two key rules that fit in nicely with today’s picture: Visualise your work. Limit your work-in-progress.
Enjoy waving goodbye to things that will soon be disappearing over your overflow outlet!
Monday Morning Perspective: “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” – Steve Jobs
Outlook Productivity e-learning: I am launching Outlook Productivity online as an e-learning course in February 2015 – maybe even a bit earlier. To get the details of content, launch date and how to get it, click this link and I will keep you in the loop. You will not get anything immediately, but as things develop I will let you know
If you are on holiday – enjoy!
If you are at work – enjoy!.