I was at a training last week where the topic was identifying your purpose in work and life, and strategies to be better at both. There were a number of small group discussions with others at the table and around the room. The topics covered a broad range but got us talking about how we can be better better employees, managers and family members.
As the discussions rolled on, one common theme came up often: more. There will always be more:
- Kid events
- Spousal commitments
- House & yard work
- Co-worker escalations
- Family problems
What we found are these smaller more items kill everyone’s time, zaps their energy and makes prioritizing what’s important difficult. For every item someone knocked off their to-do list, three more take its place. The more never seems to stop.
Hearing everyone else had the same or similar issues as I do, I came to the realization there will always be more. Instead of trying to keep up, I’ve been finding ways to let go of the more little things. I can’t be everything to everyone, so instead I focus on those things that are the most important and let the little stuff go.
There will always be more to do, always. But instead of trying to get all the things on your list done, prioritize and focus on those items that have greater impact. Do more of the important stuff!