You know, sometimes, things don't go according to plan, and you beat yourself up a bit. We all do it.
Being productive is best served when we follow schedules, plans, and our best practices for looking after ourselves, but as they (several different mis-attributed Generals and leaders, so I won't add to the confusion) say, "no plan survives contact with the enemy". 😀
It's important for our work to have our best-laid-plans, but it's impmortant too to be able to cope when things don't go according to plan.
I sit here on a Saturday in the last few hours of July 2021, without having created a new Resource, Video, or Newsletter to send to you fine people. My good friend in New Zealand has in fact already admonished me (accountability buddy - thanks!) for having missed my first monthly newsletter, as he slipped forward into August a few hours ahead of Europe.
But did I mention where I'm sitting? In a newly rented apartment. The second time I've moved into in 5 weeks (and moved country once). There's no wifi, air con, yesterday the plumbing broke in the last apartment 🤢, and this month I've delivered one major project and started another, successfully taken a week of vacation time (honestly a struggle not to work - hence the word 'successfully', but I feel recharged 🔋), around all normal regular work and outreach getting done (apart from the newsletter/video, as I said).
So, needless to say, my routines are a bit off, my habit tracker has a lot of blanks on it, and I'm feeling like I should chastise myself for allowing life to intrude on my 'perfectly scheduled' month.
Sometimes, you just need to chill, say "I've done enough, it's fine" and get back on the wagon.
Like how meditation is less about not having thoughts than it is about refocusing when you notice that you're off-track, living a productive and happy life without burning out is less about always following the plan than it is having the plan and coming back to it!!
I remind my clients of this regularly, and today I have to remind myself.
I hope that's helpful for now, and I apologise for not having your 'regularly scheduled programming'.
But next month you can expect more video content as I begin my YouTube interview series, with first guest Jennifer Van Uffelen. We spoke this week so the video as all ready for editing, and excited to bring guest expert opinions to you guys!
So, there you have it. Enjoy your time off if you're taking it, and go easy on yourself if you enjoy the weather a bit more and work a bit less these weeks. Life happens, too!
All the best! Kevin
PS I'll leave last month's Resource and video below in case you missed it before, as well as the accompanying Monthly Top Tip.
Lest it seem from the "Meeting Cost Calculator" resource that I think meetings are a waste of time, I want to counterbalance that notion.
Meetings, or simply picking up the phone (how old skool!?), or dropping by a colleague's desk (now that many of us are spending some time back in the office) can be a far quicker way to resolve any issue that comes along.
Rule of thumb: If your query will have multiple follow-up questions, email or messenger may be a slow and distracting way to handle it. Get 'face time' together and hash things out quickly!
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