The past few weeks have been intense, work-wise. My default is to enter super-execution mode. Do. Do. Do.
However, I’m wiser than that. (Thanks to years of slip-ups.) Whenever I start feeling that manic panic, I block off an hour on my calendar to take a step back. I first look at everything on my to-do list and cross off the non-essential.
I then look at my team. Do I have the right people? What are my holes? What on my plate can I give to others? Is my time better spent hiring versus doing everything myself? (If you don’t have a team, you can think through how to enlist your management and broader team in this issue).
This one-hour investment is the most impactful 60-minutes of my week.
So this week, if you start feeling that overwhelm, don’t plow through. Be strategic. Up-level yourself, and you will up-level your work.