As an ambitious person, I’ve definitely had times where I bit off more than I could chew. I’ve learned humbly through a number of experiences that the excitement and enthusiasm of a new opportunity can often lead to me overcommitting my time and energy.
Here are 5 ideas that i’ve learned that have keep me focused on delivering great work with a limited schedule.
1) Don’t Overcommit
It’s so easy to overcommit your time when you are excited about the multitude of opportunities, projects, and causes out there. By focusing your energy and time on projects that align with your goals and values, you’ll be able to do less but accomplish more.
2) Take Extra Time to Make Important Decisions
Taking a day or a week to decide on whether or not to pursue a new opportunity is perfectly fine. You want to think through all of the actions that are required and evaluate whether or not you really have capacity to handle it.
3) Envision All The Steps in a Project
It’s easy to get excited in the beginning before a project starts to believe that you can take on the world and do amazing things. That’s great, use that energy to produce great work. But also realize what you can actually accomplish given all of the other factors in your life in the current moment.
4) Under Promise, Over Deliver
I can’t emphasize the importance of this. Setting expectations is vitally important up front. Whether it’s a client or a volunteer opportunity, always aim to over deliver and wow people.
5) Hold Yourself and Others Accountable
If you say you’re going to do something, do it. It’s that simple. Your integrity is based on whether you deliver on what you’ve said you will in the timeline that you promised. Stick to that plan and ditch the excuses.
For more ideas on how great leaders move from talk to action, check out this great article by Terry Starbucker: “Getting Things Done: How Great Leadership Moves From Talk to Action“.
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