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A Year In Review: 2017

2017-12-10 — 1 minute read

If I could describe 2017 in one word, it would be “transition.”

I changed jobs, moved churches, and found out my wife and I are having a second child.

It’s interesting as my one word for the year was “surrender.” I’ve had to do a lot of surrendering this year — my own plans, ambitions, ideas of how things would go. Everything’s changed and I’m okay with that.


Things I Learned

I spent some time reviewing my journal this week. It’s not a practice I typically engage in, though I’ve heard it is helpful to do so. I noticed a few themes I learned over the year.

  1. Don’t engage the political battle in your workplace. Recognize it, but cut your own path by genuinely caring for people.
  2. Want to see change? Give and seek consistent, quality feedback with those around you.
  3. If you’re in a new position or environment, seek to understand it, then start building processes to improve and maintain your desired end result.
  4. Find out how you work best and do that, not just what other people say works for them.
  5. Investing in proper ergonomics is worth it, especially if you primarily work on a computer.
  6. Surround yourself with people “cut from the same cloth.” It’s essential to gaining forward momentum.
  7. Position your heart attitude for the day; it will determine the outcome of your day every time.
  8. Life is an iterative journey. Don’t think you have to have it all figured out on day one. Start and improve from there.
  9. As a parent and spouse, intentionality is critical. Intentional time, words, responses, often thought through ahead of time instead of just in the moment.

Calendar As Servant Not Master

2017-09-02 — 1 minute read

Here is a tip to help this, which has helped me and lots of people I work with. It’s actually pretty simple: Create dedicated “Energy” times in every day of your work calendar. Energy times are those spaces in the day in which you need to have some wiggle room between meetings and phone calls, to do the things we never schedule but can make a huge difference in your attitude and productivity: catch up on a few (not all) emails, take a walk, grab power nap, talk to a friend about the weekend, reflect on how your day is going. It may be 15 minutes and it may be 60, depending.

You might run into this like I do: I often try to cram “productivity” into every minute of every day. Margin is a thing that gets put on the schedule for the end of the day, but I’m often too exhausted to do anything but sleep!

Until reading this article, I honestly never considered working margin into my schedule throughout my day. Adding workday margin now might become part of one of my upcoming goals.