(This is Part 4 in the 4D Simplifying series. Read Part 3 here.)
Are you hanging with me? In the 4D Simplifying process we look to help overburdened leaders find a way to recalibrate the priorities of their lives and start to re-focus on what they should be doing. When they do that, life becomes live-giving again.
So, we start with Doing. Populate a list of everything you’re doing.
Then we move to Delegating. What from your Doing list can and should be delegated? Themes emerge, and new job descriptions can be formulated. Most leaders don’t realize how much they accumulate during the course of a year which can be delegated. There are people in their world who are positioned to receive things that can be delegated. We even postulated the use of a Virtual Administrative Assistant.
Today, the third step: Dropping. By now your Doing list is smaller, because you’ve decided or even implemented what to delegate. Good. Now, let’s look at what’s left. Can something be dropped? What’s on that list that is either not strategic or too draining to warrant attention? Why not make a clean break with some of those things. Maybe you really don’t need to track with social media on a daily basis. Maybe you don’t really need to always be available. What are non-urgent, non-important things? What things can you drop–even as a test-drive, for a month–to see if they really were necessary?
Your list is getting smaller, and your headspace is getting bigger. Good for you.
Next time: The Power of Post-it Notes.