When I used to do triathlons, the transition from swim to bike and then from bike to run (T1 and T2 as they were called) were referred to as the 4th event. Because your effectiveness in moving from one event to the next had a definite impact on your preparedness and ultimately your overall time. The same could be said of the transitions we make throughout our working day. Instead of breathlessly rushing from meeting to call to meeting to webinar, I suggest taking a few minutes in between calendar items to properly transition. Dare I suggest 5 minutes? Some of you reading this might consider that wasted time, but hear me out. Use that 5 minutes to do these three things: 1) Note items for follow up from the last meeting. 2) Gather any materials you need to be prepared for the next meeting. 3) Take a few deep breaths and think about how you need to show up for the next meeting. Your chances of winning at work will increase when you slow down and transition more effectively.
Next month (or May at the latest), I’m going to be changing the format of this newsletter. I’m still brainstorming, so I’d like to hear from you if there are topics that you’d like me to address or if you have ideas to share about other newsletters you value. Please reply to me directly from this email with your comments.