From the desk of Karen Lombardo, Owner, Put Another Way, LLC
On Tuesday, I attended the Women’s Business Council program, If You Don’t Manage Your Chaos, Your Chaos Will Manage You with Melissa Cook, Catharine Potvin, Tracy Slocum & Matt Phelps. It was informative, eye opening and prompted some serious soul searching.
I feverishly took notes on my phone and I would like to share 5 quick thoughts on chaos, managing chaos, and living with chaos in your life.
Ask the question: Are you productive busy or chaos busy?
Great question because there is a difference. Productive busy is not always a bad thing and often times is short lived. Chaos busy? Not so much. Answer the question first and then look to examine the ways to manage or lessen your chaos. Great quote from the speakers: Every hour of planning saves 4 hours of execution. Write it down! Too much in your head? Prioritize it.
Delegation: Friend or foe?
Delegation can be a fruitful tool to manage chaos and allow you to be more productive. The speakers and the audience’s questions addressed delegation and empowerment. Many of us, myself included, are control people, (note I did not say freaks), and know we need to get things done via delegation…but for some reason, we need to get it done our way. That’s not a good thing and we know it. Teach. Empower. Let go. Try it, it can be cathartic and remember most times there is a better way.
Just say no.
Why is that so difficult? We take on more than we can do; we promise to get it done in warp speed; oh, and we charge what we think the client wants to pay. Just this morning, I had a friend say, it is only a good deal if it is good for both of you, not just the client. Just say no or maybe often an alternative.
Yes, I know, we all agree we need to communicate effectively but communication crosses multiple channels such as email, text, and face to face discussions. Communication should be consistent and simple. Focus on the topic at hand and do not creep into other topics or issues. Schedule another time for those topics.
Lists and wine.
Two great tools that do not necessarily go hand in hand. Make lists in whatever method you choose whether it is paper or electronic. There is a great deal of satisfaction that occurs when you cross off or check off a completed task.
If all else fails and you have tried everything imaginable, turn to a temporary vice such as a glass of wine. This option was quite popular during the luncheon! Vices come in many forms and afford us the luxury of shutting off while we heal our chaotic brains. I prefer a beautifully crafted cappuccino in the afternoon. Do you believe that? Nah! Wine is good.
The WBC events are very informative, empowering, and collaborative. Don’t miss out on these events.
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