November 11, 2013
In chatting with a dear colleague last week, we both remarked on the challenges of honoring the past; being in the present; and envisioning the future. This is familiar space for a leader of any organization. The art is managing the tensions.
For me, early November is the time when I am most aware of the weight of being in such a space. The majority of the calendar year is behind me. The holidays are not close enough to serve as a valid procrastination strategy. January is still a bit away. The days are shorter with darkness falling a bit earlier almost every day and with it what seems to be my functional business day.
So, how does one not wish away time (a resource never to be recaptured) and stay in this period of transition? In the spirit of being more mindful and intentional myself during the waning weeks of the year, I offer the following tips:
- Clarify what REALLY needs to be done by year-end.
- DON’T shift all the work you are not going to do in December to January. It won’t work.
- INTERNALIZE the shortening of days as a cue to wind down.
- Acknowledge the failures and CELEBRATE the successes of the year.
“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” Bill Keane