If you open it, close it.
If you start it, finish it.
If you see something that needs to be done, do it.
If you’re anything like me, you’re often running from one thing to the next, being pulled in multiple directions by competing priorities and the persistent feeling that there is just not enough time to do it all. In that environment, it is easy to be swept away as the day goes on. Files that you aren’t working on remain open. Cabinet doors don’t get shut. Applications run idly. The stack of papers that need to be filed grow and grow until your working around them becomes an obstacle.
These mantras remind me to be mindful, to slow (a little), and to focus on what is right in front of my face before I move on to the next thing. They apply to everything from doing to the dishes to leadership and project management. Their simplicity is their power. So, on this Monday: