This morning I realized I’d better pay attention to the ten Koi from our pond I am overwintering in the basement. The fact that their home, the horse trough, had become a murky I can live with for a bit. When the water had evaporated to the point of causing the aerator to make a weird noise, however, I knew I had to add some water. Given I was adding water, I decided I may as well do a bit of a water change while I was at it. This isn’t an easy task! I have to haul the dirty water upstairs and dump it out bucket by bucket and take clean water down the stairs and treat it before adding it to the trough. It’s labour and time intensive.
Leaders are constantly faced with prioritizing people and tasks in their day-to-day work. Do I spend time with my staff (or child or fish…) or do I get done the ever-growing list of things I need to do? And how do I know when to do each?
There are no easy answers to this balancing act. Ultimately the number one rule is to trust your gut! Listen to your instincts. When an employee walks into your office distraught, upset or somehow you just notice something is off, you realize you need to do something. Can it wait? Sometimes it can. You might say, “Hey Julie, I wonder if we could schedule some time later today or tomorrow to talk about…” Other times, you just know that you need to turn away from your computer, push aside the papers and focus on them.
Leaning into this feeling is key. Our intuition speaks volumes to us and we need to tune into it more often. Our intuition is kind of like our spidy senses. It is the part of us that knows! For some people they get a feeling in their stomach, others get tingles, others just have a knowing in their mind. What happens though is that we push aside our intuition in favor of “logic”. Logic said to me this morning, “You have work to do”. My intuition said to me “Your fish need you”. Had I not listened to that, I may have had sick or dead fish in a few days or weeks.
Feel into your spidy senses today. See what’s showing up for you and what messages are there. They may just be telling you something different than what your agenda and schedule says. Follow your senses instead of logic, and see what happens!
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