Relieve Yourself of Other Responsibilities

Relieve Yourself of Other Responsibilities

Sometimes, to relieve yourself of other responsibilities is a good strategy. In order to maximize your attentiveness, you may be well served by diminishing the number of responsibilities you have. Increase energy and productivity. Doing less things will give you more time and emotional energy for the high-priority tasks.

Sit on fewer boards, cancel some personal obligations, cut back on attending so many meetings, and spend less time out for the evening. Do whatever you have to do to devote the time and energy you need to achieve this desired outcome.

Be very sure that this is an activity of sufficient priority to cause you to make such significant changes. You will realize a side benefit: greater clarity around what is really important to you.

 You’re looking to use your focusing powers to create more of what matters most to you in the moments you’re able to schedule. When you realize what’s really important, then say no to anything that consumes time but doesn’t bring you closer to what matters most to you. If you can’t say no, delegate it, speed through it, or eliminate it.  Robert Cooper, Get Out of Your Own Way

Five Days of Action

Day One

If something is of sufficient priority, you need to concentrate on it. But you may be distracted by too many other responsibilities. Some may have to go, no matter how good they may seem. Take some time today to prioritize. What really needs doing? What needs to be dropped because you’re too overstretched to devote true attention to the priorities?

Day Two

Take action today to drop those responsibilities that you determined yesterday needed to go. Make the phone call. Write the email. Send the message. Take action.

Day Three

Concentrate like never before on what matters. Get clarity. Take ownership. Put supportive structures in place, start and build momentum. Determine today to start making your actions reflect the priorities in your mind.

Day Four

Some things take time to ease out of. Be committed to the decision you have made. Take action today to be very clear about your leaving or your duties ceasing. See that steps are being taken to replace you and, if necessary, train those who will follow you.

Day Five

How can you convey to your key people that being involved in less may actually accomplish more? Communicate this powerful insight and strategy to them.

Whether dealing with burnout, planning a new initiative or refocusing the organization on priorities, sometimes one conversation can change everything. If you think a conversation might be of benefit to you, one or your leaders or your organization, I invite you to contact me.