A common mistake people make is delegating or outsourcing—both good things to do—without setting up a system or even a simple reminder to make sure what was done was done the way it was intended.
I recently had our gutters cleaned by a young, ambitious contractor with some top-of-the-line pressure-washing equipment. I explained that it was a bit tricky around our pool and courtyard as the roof tiles extended almost all the way over the gutter.
When he was picking up to go, I grabbed a ladder and looked down the gutter on one side of the pool and saw that it was still chuck full of leaves and pine needles.
Many people in their Golden Years (or approaching them) look to downsize their home and reduce their expenses. I’m not interested in downsizing (at least for now), but I am totally committed to simplifying what I do and how I do it—both personally and professionally.
If you’ve been around me and SuccessNet very long, you’ve probably heard of my favorite acrostic—SODA. I coined it over 20 years ago. It stands for Simplify, Organize, Delegate or Automate.
This article focuses on Simplification.
I see it all the time with coaching and consulting clients. Their lives and their enterprises grow in complexity, resulting in confusion, chaos and overwhelm.
I’m scheduled for some minor elective surgery next week. And in order for that to happen, my primary care doctors have to give me medical clearance. So out of an abundance of caution, they’ve been conducting some tests on my 65 year-old body. One of them was an Echocardiogram which I had never had before.
It was quite interesting to watch my heart beating on the monitor in front of me. It was a bit surreal to hear the swoosh and clicks of blood flowing and valves opening and closing inside my chest.
Unless we have heart problems, we probably don’t think much about this awesome organ that has been beating even longer than we’ve been breathing.
I do occasionally thank my heart and other organs that have served me so well for so long a time. And I spent most of the 20 minutes or so of the ultrasound being awe-struck and feeling very grateful.