It’s not unusual to reflect, given the season … I find it helpful to take some time to the positives. Particularly those ‘small things’ that sometimes get lost in all the “busyness.”
Generally, 2021 was a good year. Of course, there are many reasons things went well, not all being related to something I did or any action I took and I do need to thank Rob Hatch for the following advice …
One thing I did consistently this year, having the most significant impact was that … I left room. Essentially, I gave myself more time between my work.
One simple example was scheduling time on either side of a meeting. Instead of a one-hour meeting or 121, I blocked off an hour and a half on my calendar.
This wasn’t because I expected I would run over. It was simply that I wanted to make time beforehand to arrive in the right frame of mind. I gave myself time afterward to process or take notes before jumping into the next thing.
The same was applied at the beginning and end of my day and also how I looked at projects as well. I allowed time for the unexpected … or family …
A luxury? Perhaps, although I came to realize how much more focused and effective I was when it mattered.
Enjoy the season, and don’t forget to leave a little room during 2022.