Saving SeatsJuly 18, 2021
An auditorium only has so much space, so many seats. So a venue sells tickets to ensure that everyone who pays for the show has a seat. Many sites go further, reserving the first few rows for specific groups of people
Likewise, your mind only has so much space. There's a limit to how much you can keep "top-of-mind". And if you're not paying attention, it's easy to fill all the space with urgent tasks:
- meeting deadlines
- responding to urgent requests
- mitigating conflict
In the process, you may lose sight of the activities that are essential for growth and long-term success:
- building better relationships
- becoming an industry expert
- planning for the future
You have a choice: react to what shows up on your to-do list, or... be like an auditorium manager: acknowledge your limitations, and take steps to reserve mind-share for the activities that easily get crowded out.
Who or what are you saving space for? How many seats are you saving?