The discipline of weighing decisions isn’t as simple as a pro and con list. There is a true discipline in saying no. As I like to say, “No is a complete sentence!” The problem is, we aren’t clear on what we are saying no to.
I think we’ve all experienced this Doorway Effect professionally. Have you ever gone to a meeting where the work was discussed, decisions were made, plans had been determined, and then everyone walked out of the room but the work stayed behind? Were you one of the people who later seemed confused on why things didn’t get accomplished and how the work was forgotten? I think we’ve all been there, and again, darn you, Doorway Effect!
As New Year approaches, what do you want to say yes to? Are you clear on what you’ll be saying no to as a result? Take time to evaluate your current room before you walk through another doorway. The intention and effort will be worth it in the end.