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  • Writer's pictureWhitney Kippes

Feeling Busy

Each week we'll be featuring content from our expired Bosscraft newsletter, designed to inspire, encourage, and share what we've learned about mindset and productivity. Sign up here to receive each post in your inbox.


Hope you enjoy!

Whitney


 

Within a few weeks, something horrible is going to happen. It's going to be stressful and exhausting and at the same time we're going to love every second of it.


Proposal people might be a little less than sane.


Sure, our brains and our bodies are designed to handle a certain amount of stress. If you couldn't handle a little stress, you'd never have made it through school, never pushed your team over the finish line, never worked most of the night to get that bid out the door.


But at some point, it can feel like we're running an impossible race to get all the things done and we keep moving the finish line out with five, ten, fifteen new additions to the list.

Spoiler alert: you can't actually do all the things.


LEAN INTO THE PARADOX


The truth is, the secret to finally figuring out how to win the race and get to that finish line is to managing yourself better . This begins with the ultimate task of understand what's important to you and prioritizing it.


We've talked before about the benefits of letting go of goals and priorities that aren't doing anything for you anymore.


This is the same concept.


A colleague recently told me that they had a new approach to email. If they were really behind on email, to the point where it was impossible to catch-up, they set up an out-of-office message for the week which simply read "I'm behind on email. If you really need action from me on something, please give me a call at..." The surprise? So many emails saying, "no problem, I can take care of this!"


The idea that you teach people how to treat you could never be more true.

RESOURCES


Just need a break from it all? Try adding some forest bathing into your schedule and find a multitude of benefits. (article)


Is your stress helping or hurting you? Hot tips from our pre-pandemic selves about eliminating the ambient stress . (article)


Time blocking can be a game-changer for productivity and for protecting your boundaries. (article)


Ready to talk to your manager about coaching? We have a new resource particularly for those of you stepping into proposal management roles . (article)


When you align your priorities with your values and intentions, productivity becomes the byproduct. Here are 5 tips to help make your day reflect what is most important to you. (article + video)



 

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