I decided to write something light today. No deep thinking. No client retention calculation and rebook percentages… Just a simple note on how to keep your head clear. How many of you are like me and just feel like a weight on your shoulders every day? You’re driving to work and your mind is going a mile a minute (just like that car – or in NJ 90 miles a minute) and you’re thinking of all the things you need to get done…but just don’t get done. Simple things. And you get to work and then get bogged down by work stuff only to think occasionally throughout the day about all the stuff you still need to do … personally. Then the day ends and the drive home you think about them again…but you gotta get home and make dinner or pick the kids up… The merry go round goes round and round and round… Stress is the result.
So…here’s what I did yesterday. I made a list. Yes, a hand written, simple check box list of things that keep me up at night. Some big … many small..but they are on paper with an empty checkbox [ ] waiting to be checked. It sits right in the center of my desk. Why? Because these things matter too. And they are what start to stress me out and weight me down. Simple things like …
- Get Permit to take down the dead trees before winter
- Fix the kitchen window
- Get Pool Cover fixed
- Close sprinkler system
- Get heating system maintenance before November
- Wash your car!
- Check last time oil changed and if necessary get appointment
- Call groomer for dog
- Register the trailer
- Service the harley for the winter
- Bathroom supplies, mirror, and towels for executive bathroom
That’s part of my list!! But these things drive me crazy. Make me feel like I’m treading water with a brick on my foot. So every day I pick 2 things and just DO IT! Most require a call and an appointment for someone else to do something but I need to organize it and get it on the schedule for an early morning or a weekend …and check it off the list. The list will continue on and on. I get it. But having it there to allow me to clear my head, visualize them, and attack them 2 per day will allow me to finally feel a little lighter on my feet (or in my chair) and allow me to listen to music and get lost in a moment on the way home from work! Try it! Get some stuff done! 😉
by John Harms, Millennium Founder & CEO