(This is Part 6 in the 4D Simplifying series. Read Part 5 here.)
Leaders become overwhelmed with clutter from time to time. I’ve often referred to the space debris of our minds. NASA says there’s something like 19,000 pieces of space debris larger than 10 centimeters out there. Just like your head–and the heads of many of the leaders in your organization. So I’ve attempted to help you in this 4D Simplifying series with a proven way to get rid of clutter and get closer to focus.
Where to Focus
If you’ve made the effort, you’re already in a better place. Our final D is for Deliver. Having determined what you Do, and having Delegated to others and Dropped some things, you’re hopefully left with a Spartan list of Deliverables, most often about 1/3 the size of the original “Doing” list. These are things that you are now going to focus on.
This, in itself, brings psychological relief, sort of like spring cleaning. It will take some effort and discipline to work it now, but you can do it. Two suggestions:
- Find someone to keep you accountable. You can review how you’re doing at the end of the week with someone in your organization.
- Try it for a while. Maybe for a month. Perhaps something was unreasonable for you to Drop or Delegate, and you’ll pick it up in some form. But you may also have found that the thing you stopped doing never peeked its head up again, and it was a wise move to let it go away.
Two quotes from guys you’ve heard of:
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci
“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” Steve Jobs
Finally, 4D Simplifying doesn’t need to be an annual event. It can be perpetual. You can fight for yourself and for your purpose on a routine basis. So, put that on your list.