January 23, 2014

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.


Karen Eber Davis

Karen Eber Davis provides customized advising and coaching around nonprofit strategy and board development. People leaders hire her to bring clarity to sticky situations, break through barriers that seem insurmountable, and align people for better futures. She is the author of 7 Nonprofit Income Streams and Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together.


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