That clutter on your desk is nothing more than procrastination on your part. You’ve decided to ignore it. Push it aside. Pretend that it’s not really hurting your productivity, even though you know you could work more efficiently if your desk was clean and organized.
The same goes for the mental clutter you keep caring around, and you have at least a little. After all, you are a busy person. You are regularly juggling competing priorities. You have to re-prioritize at a moment’s notice. You have many decisions to make. Your mind is no doubt filled with all those things right now, and it’s eating up your capacity to concentrate, plan and generate big ideas.
Most of the distractions that are stealing your focus are decisions that you haven’t yet made. Some are small. Others are huge, gut-wrenching even, and will have a big impact on your team or you. Regardless, you have to make some decisions, stick with them, and then work hard to ensure the best possible outcome.
When you do, your mind will be clearer. The “load” will be lightened, and you will instantly feel more productive and effective.
Take action today!
If you want to be a more effective leader (and you want to be more productive next week), it’s time to be more decisive. Clean up your mental clutter by making some decisions today. Create a list if you have to, of all the work-related, project-related, personnel-related, or entirely personal decisions weighing on you right now. Then start working through them today. You may need more information for some, you may need other people to weigh in, or you may just need additional time to think. But not all decisions will require anything more than you just making a decision.
Once you declutter your mind, you will create space for thinking, creation, and focusing on meeting the goals you have for yourself and your team. Don’t let procrastination hold you back anymore. Decide and declutter today.