(1) FACE it all. We have to get everything on our minds down on paper so we know what’s creating mental and emotional drag.
(2) FILTER it. Figure out what needs to be omitted, automated, given to someone else, or done by us. To put each thing down mentally we have to figure out what the next action will need to be for it.
(3) FIELD it. Look at our calendars, and strategically block off time to do what requires our attention based on our own life rhythms and the importance, significance, and intensity of the things. This includes time for play and rest. In fact, the object of the game is to clear off more time for play and rest because that’s where ingenuity is born. There should be no blank spaces in the schedule. Even “do nothing” is a protected choice.
(4) FOCUS on it. Whatever is in the moment, live in that moment. When we have given an appropriate place for everything that matters, we can give ourselves mental and emotional permission to really double down and focus.
Mary Jo Burchard, Ph.D. Values-based Leadership and Organizational Development: Know where you are going…and why.