Doing some gardening yesterday afternoon, I was reflecting on the many similarities between creating and growing a garden and how we live our lives.
There are the obvious steps of planning, sowing and harvesting. Once your garden’s established, most of the activity comes down to what to keep and what has to go.
Did you make a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking or lose weight? These are two examples of powerful changes that can occur based on letting something go – assuming you stick to your resolution, of course.
The same potential for positive change exists in your business life when you take a critical look at those practices, people and work habits that don’t serve you by contributing to your ongoing and sustainable success.
Here’s a short list of suggestions. If you have others, let me know below.
1. Any project or task where the pain of doing it is not well balanced with the ultimate rewards.
2. Clients who don’t like to pay. Or whose company you don’t enjoy. Or who take up more than a fair proportion of your time.
3. Unproductive and time-consuming work habits, like constantly checking your emails. Remember to ask your team to help you identify what’s wasting their time, too.
4. Fixing work that should have been done ‘right’ the first time by someone else. Either learn to accept their version, or find someone who can and will do it ‘your way’.
5. Lack of clarity about what you should be doing and why. Take some time to review where you are, where you’re headed and plan how you’ll get there.
Remember our next webinar is on 2 February – ‘Your Flying Start to 2011’ – for tips and tools to keep you on track this year. Just click here to register.
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