Monday, 02 February 2015 08:52

There’s no time

One of the strongest themes of last year was that no-one had time for anything but the essentials. There was certainly not enough of it for anyone to think carefully, plan thoughtfully, listen with their full attention, or work on developing the trust that is the foundation of good relationships.

There was rarely time to get to the bottom of problems and apply long term solutions, rather than quick fix band-aids. Functions with a longer term priority such as marketing and personal development took second place to current crises…of which there was an endless list. Almost certainly the problems of last year will recur any day now.

We’ve created work and social cultures where time is of the essence; turnaround time, lead time, manufacturing time, response time. It creates high levels of stress and frustration, especially when things do not go according to plan.

It’s unlikely to be any better in the year ahead.

Some of the pressure is not discretionary. Holding down a corporate job or running your own organisation carries an obligation to meet targets and deadlines. One source of pressure however is discretionary.

We’re drowning in data: mail, alerts, social media notifications, news, sports scores, weather forecasts, advertising; not to mention our recorded TV programs, music libraries and scores of unsorted photos. While you may not be able to do very much about the amount of data surrounding you, you can manage how you deal with it. If you don’t, it will manage you, and you will be destined to spend another year in crisis driven response mode.

While you still have breathing space and the energy that comes with the start of a new year, decide on the information that for you is essential. Plan how you will obtain, process, access and store it. Decide what you don’t need. Then clear the decks.

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  • Topic: Building Relationships, Work Life Balance, Self Development

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