Resolve: Ignore Busyness, Proceed

Did you expect things to calm down after the holidays? How’s that working for you?

Marshall Goldsmith in his book, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, writes that we all share a fantasy that in a month or two or sometime not too far away, things will get better. Our calendars will ease and we’ll get back to normal.

If you’re like me you anticipated a lull in January. True, after the holidays and my son’s wedding, the load is lighter. Yet, my calendar is still full.

In fact, its is almost a certainty that we’ll be busy throughout 2014, 2015 and beyond. What to do? We can trim our responsibilities and commitments. This will help–a little. Better yet, we can accept that our calendars will be full and act accordingly. That is, if an item is important and valuable, like developing a strategy to solve a challenge, schedule a time to work on it. Let something let important move to the sidelines. Let tomorrow’s busyness take care of itself.

Author
Karen Eber Davis

Before founding her firm, Karen Eber Davis developed the Sarasota County Community Development Block Grant Program. Under her leadership, this infant program received the National Association of Counties National Affordable Housing Award for the Down Payment Assistance Program. To date, the program helped over 1,800 families realize their dreams of homeownership. She also worked with the City of Ft. Lauderdale and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, where she developed the division’s first audit program. In an earlier position at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Tampa, she organized senior, youth, and children groups plus family activities. Her youth staffing work with the Florida Synod of the Lutheran Church in America supported youth ministries in 120 congregations in Florida.