To Nix List

I have a to do list. But a list of things to nix..? I need that.

The problem is I’m just too stressed to think about it.

One thing that makes us work longer hours, always full days, and working or running errands on weekends or holidays (such as Christmas) is not because it had to get done today, but because there were so many insignificant things I’ve been doing the last two weeks that pushed off these vital things (like budgeting and reviewing finances — cash, you know, is important).

So why do I do it all? Why not stop? Probably my reason is the same as for you and everyone else — we just don’t think about it.

I did public accounting for 7 years. During that time, every six minutes of my work was tracked. If you asked how long I worked on project A, I could tell you. Exactly. Now, most of us don’t track our time so we don’t know where the leakages are. Or take budgeting…I was a bit surprised when I looked at my coffee/ice cream budget. “Really? That much…but it can’t be!” But it was.

It may be something now so well-known as checking your email only twice a day. Or turning on DND on your phone and computer for a solid hour. Or…it may look like me sitting down listing out all the things I do and deciding if they are truly relevant and necessary. If so, can I delegate, or must I do it? Otherwise, can I drop it?

I disdain the idea of letting go. I want to keep doing everything. Sort of like hobbies — we can’t really bear actually getting rid of the guitar because “well, I’ll eventually get back into it.” But sometimes it’s best to cut out a vast segment of yourself in order to do more. And do that more much more happily. And with satisfaction. And less stress, because otherwise we may feel like Prince Humperdink:

Prince Humperdinck: Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work. But I’ve got my country’s 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder, and Guilder to frame for it; I’m swamped.
Count Rugen: Get some rest. If you haven’t got your health, then you haven’t got anything.

Published by Jeff Beaumont

I love helping companies scale and grow their organizations to delight customers and employees, enabling healthy teams, fast growth, and fewer headaches. Scaling quickly is wrought with potholes and plot twists. When you’re running a company, losing customers, and employees are on their way out, and don’t have your systems running smoothly, then you’ll be at your wits' end. I've been there and hate it.

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