So once again, the weather witch has been at work, and we’ve recently returned from yet another sunny trip to Vancouver. Our experience at the QRCA Annual Conference was absolutely sunny as well, and the conference didn’t fail to live up to its motto: “Energize!” We’ve returned to work full of energy, and ideas. The only downside is how to integrate all the great new things we’ve been thinking about, all at once. (Have you ever seen the sign that says, “Grant me patience, Lord, but hurry?”) But back at our desks, there are emails to answer, clients to call, and projects waiting to be started, worked on, or wrapped up. It would be so easy to watch all those great new ideas dissipate like early-morning fog. So to keep the energy going, and make hay while the sun shines on our new ideas, initiatives and incentives, we need a plan. The methodical approach often works for us. As our cab driver said on the way to the airport, “Everyone’s got an opportunity…but you have to work for it!” We take our schedules for the day, and block out urgent and important tasks. We also set up time to attend to planning, networking, to lay the groundwork for the future. That includes taking at least one specific action, every day, to keep the momentum going. Sometimes it seems like every moment must be invested in the “here and now”…but even in the busiest day, there are ways to keep the enthusiasm up and to move new initiatives forward:
- Tell someone about it…let a client, a colleague, or a friend know about one of the new ideas you want to develop.
- When you just can’t work on that report, business plan, or project for another minute, take a break—a 5-minute walk or a cup of tea, whatever works for you, and use the time to envision your new initiative in practice.
- At the end of the day, create your task list for tomorrow. Arrange it in “worst first” order. But at the completion of each difficult task, allow yourself a little time to make your dream come true.
Megann & Steve