December 5, 2008

Just One Thing

Here is a brief recipe for sanity that should make next week better than this week. As you go through your work today, look for Just One Thing that meets any of the following criteria:

- it is a drag on your efficiency
- it does not contribute to the revenue of your firm
- it could reasonably be done more cost effectively by a colleague
- it is done more from habit than conviction

and then, eliminate it.

Rinse and repeat each business day.

If done effectively, this should remove from your plate tasks you shouldn't be doing and give you more time and energy to focus on those areas in which you really can make a difference.

The result of this exercise? Sanity.

All you have to do is begin today with Just One Thing.


Mark Gould said...

An excellent tip, Mary. I am going to start on Monday!


Mary Abraham said...

Thanks, Mark. Every little bit helps...

- Mary

Anonymous said...


You have a real gift. Thank you for sharing it with the world.

Ken Stewart said...

Found my way here via Louis Gray's website. I am very interested in these types of topics, and look forward to reading more...

This will be a very interesting tip to seek applications for. I hadn't really thought along this angle, so thank you.

Mary Abraham said...

To my kind anonymous reader and to Ken Stewart --

Thank you both for reading and for taking the time to leave a comment. I look forward to further conversation with you.

- Mary