How To Do The Next Thing

Do the Next Thing

Random Ruth, my occasional assistant, marvels at my ability to shift gears quickly and rearrange my priorities and my schedule. Comes from years in construction management, where the landscape (materials availability, access, surprises not on the blueprints) was constantly changing. Just like a battle make one and then promptly throw it out.

Lately, however, it's been challenging even for me! Had a conversation with dear friend Ray who is in the midst of his own ever changing landscape lately. It's been all we can do to grab the reins and hold on tight, with moves, hurricanes, very welcome guests, trips out of town.

I'm reminded of those days, standing in the wreckage of a demolished space, pager blowing up with messages, memos coming at me like a postal worker. I'd occasionally feel overwhelmed. I made a rule for myself for times when I didn't know where to start. "Do the next thing". Whatever that was....I'd do the next thing. And then the haze would begin to clear and I could, once again, prioritize with the best of them.

Today? I did about 5 next things...completed the refrigerator inventory for the insurance claim, received some quotes for same, pinned some marketing pins to Pinterest, updated a press release, worked on a proposal to solicit corporate sponsors and reserved my ticket for one of my first sponsor's special event. That's just for starters...I did more "next things".

The haze is starting to clear...and on a clear day? I can see forever. ;)