(This is Part 5 in the 4D Simplifying series. Read Part 4 here.)
“And now, a word from our sponsor!” Yeah, I should have checked ahead of time because maybe 3M would have supported this post. It’s an amazing story, Post-it Notes. You might have heard that 3M scientist (Dr. Spencer Silver) hit the gold mine (if you re-read that, you’ll be impressed by my play on words) accidentally inventing a glue that wasn’t strong enough to permanently affix anything. Later, a colleague named Arthur Fry thought that “repositionable notes” would be a great idea for keeping his place in his hymnal in church on Sundays. And a revolution was born. Read up on it; it’s fun.
Doing, Delegate, Drop, Deliver
So, I bring up Post-it Notes because they fit nicely into this 4D Housekeeping series. Remember, we’re talking about what you’re Doing, what you could Delegate, what you can Drop, and (next time) what you can Deliver on. Here’s the secret: write down every thing you’re Doing on a separate Post-it Note, and then systematically move them from that macro-column to any of the remaining three (Delegate, Drop, Deliver).
Put the whole mess on a wall, or on a big poster board, on somewhere…and then take your time. Move stuff around. It’ll become clearer. Take a while. The kinetic and tactile experience will bring you tons of clarity.
I assigned this to a client recently. Actually, I assigned it to his administrative assistant and to him. “Write down every task on a separate Post-it Note. Then, after a while, put those into whatever column makes sense. You’ll find what to Delegate, what to Drop, and eventually, what to Deliver on.”
They’re working on it. I’ll keep you Posted. (Yeah, I know.)