I know what you’re thinking – you’re too young to remember that reference.
But if we overlook that fact, there is a summer lesson here to be learned.
Most of my clients tell me the end of July and August tends to be quieter in their diary. Most regular meetings get cancelled because everyone’s away, key workshops are scheduled for September and there are less people around to email you for time to talk about that key project.
They look at their diary (around their own holiday) and see space to breathe.
But what has me holding my head in my hands is those same clients then listing all the things they will fill that time with – reshaping that regular report; reviewing that key document; writing that paper that’s been on the list for 2 weeks.
I don’t doubt those things are worth doing at some point. They might even feel urgent. But are they really important?
Are they as important as space in the diary for something more generative? More innovative? More exciting?
Something that will challenge your thinking and add to your kit bag of ideas.
Something that can have you leaping forwards with a problem or opportunity – rather than shuffling forwards with a reshaped report.
So, what can you do with all that space to really inspire you?
That space in the diary is precious. It comes once a year. So, only fill it with the things that will really add value to your working life.
Tell me. You don’t want to just reshape that report now, do you?