I wish I could claim the title of this post as my original thought, but I can’t. It belongs to Barbara Hemphill, speaker, author, and among other things, developer of the Taming the Paper Tiger series of products. I read this line a couple of days ago and it struck me (perhaps because I have too much clutter on my desks – at work and at home).
While I am working on that personal challenge, and that lesson could be purpose enough for a post, there is a deeper meaning to the post that is very important.
As leaders we are busy people. We have lots going on, competing priorities, mutliple balls in the air – in other words we have lots of mental clutter – regardless what our inboxes and desks look like!
Have you ever noticed that when you make a decision, your mind is clearer, if just for a minute? The “load” is lightened and you feel more productive and effective? While there are probably many reasons for this, this recognition is important.
I’m betting your mind looks a bit like my desk – cluttered. Not enough space to write and concentrate. Too many distractions, ideas and yes, decisions-unmade.
If you want to be a more effective leader today, be a more decisive one. Clean up your mental clutter by making some decisions. I don’t need to list them, you know what they are. They might be work related, project related, personnel related, or personal.
Work through some of them today – decide and declutter.
Once you declutter your mind, you will create space for thinking, creation, and progress towards the goals you have for yourself and your team.