When I was a child, there was a TV programme called ‘Crackerjack’, the highlight of which was a quiz where children were picked from the audience and were handed a prize for a correct answer or a cabbage for an incorrect one. They had to hold on to all the prizes for the duration of the quiz: drop one item and they were out of the game.
I like to make sure I maximise opportunities. I work for a company with multiple offices in one city, all about 5 minutes’ walk away from each other. If I’m going down to another building, I consider what else I can do while I’m there. Is there anything else I can drop off? Is there anything I can take with me for a colleague? Sometimes I’m so laden down with files and packages that I can barely open the door! And then I realise there’s something else I simply must take with me. Now I’m in a quandary: what do I need to put down in order to pick something else up?
Life’s like that too. If I over-book my diary, take on too many new activities, agree to join another working party, I can find my hands are too full to be able to do anything successfully. Having agreed to take a project on, I hate to have to go back on my word and pull out. However, sooner or later, I’ll drop something. I need to ask myself that question: what do I need to put down in order to pick something else up?
Over to you – today’s ‘pebble’ for you to turn over and examine:
what do you need to put down in order to pick something else up?
What do you think?
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