Let’s face it, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by phone calls, emails, office politics, deadlines, and personal life demands. All of these drains on our attention make it difficult for us to focus, be creative and invest in relationships that are truly important and worthwhile. It’s difficult as a leader to motivate others when you’re stressed, to encourage others when there are many distractions, and to engage in meaningful conversations when everything seems to be interrupted.
Instead of trying getting stressed about what you might be missing or not doing well, simplify simply:
Productivity doesn’t equal time sitting behind computer or hours worked. Start paying attention to your day – when do you feel focused, when do you feel distracted, when do you feel tired. Change one thing in how you organise your day to better align with your own rhythm. Experiment. Play around with scheduling
When distractions are carved away, people can see the work they really need to do to accomplish their goals. When the weight of being overwhelmed is removed, suddenly there’s all sort of energy and passion for the work. Simplifying all at once can be daunting. Strip away the busy and allow the productive to emerge.
I was enjoying a coffee with a friend of mine. We were reflecting on some of the changes we’ve been experiencing in the past few years. Some of the changes were easy and empowering. Other changes were more difficult to process as they demanded that we confront ourselves. This led us to talk about wisdom and how people can acquire insight.
I reflected some more on our conversation. Life’s lessons aren’t always obvious. They very much come in the form of heavy weights pressing down on us. Sometimes we can lift the weight and emerge stronger. Other times we ignore the load and remain stuck, burdened by what we can and cannot see.
As leaders we must first lead ourselves. And leading ourselves means finding the courage to try to understand the weight that fell on our heads. Once we figure out its significance, we gain wisdom. Wisdom doesn’t come easily. Once the weight of wisdom is lifted, we grow stronger.
Allo there ~ I'm Renée and this is my blog on leadership and business development. Here I explore the nexus between leadership, conflict resolution, networks, innovation and prosperity.