Right now, for many of us, we are filled with energy and hope as we envision new things happening in 2016. For some, they can envision taking a new job, for other, losing ___ amount of pounds, and others, taking a class, or pursuing a degree they’ve always dreamed about. In this positive moment, energized as you are, let me give you a caution that I believe you will find helpful: Before you commit to taking on anything new, TAKE A PAUSE and CONSIDER what your goals are in the different areas of your responsibilities.
What do you want to accomplish? What is important for you and how do you want your life to look? This “evaluation” step is vital if you want to manage your life well.
Here’s the issue: right now you might be 100% energized about seeing your life move in some general direction. However, without having a very clear picture of specific goals, you will begin to say, “yes” to this, and that. Pretty soon, your 100% of energy toward accomplishing your goals has resulted in your having 60-75% energy (or less) for accomplishing your goals and the other 25-40% spread out among other “filler” kinds of tasks that you couldn’t say “no” to, and that you are generally, passion-less about.
With that in mind, I really appreciated this excerpt from Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson’s fine work, “REWORK”:
“You don’t make a great museum by putting all the art in the world into a single room. That’s a warehouse. What makes a museum great is the stuff that’s NOT on the walls. Someone says no. A curator is involved making conscious decisions about what should stay and what should go. There’s an editing process. There’s a lot more stuff OFF the walls than ON the walls. The best is a sub-sub-subset of all the possibilities.”
So, again, let me encourage you to strive toward visualizing what a “perfect you” looks like in all the 7 Areas of Responsibility and then CURATE your life. Focus on fulfilling your goals and be willing to say “NO” to good things that are not the best things for you.