You know sometimes how you have an idea pop into your head and then it floats away? And then a week later, a thought floats into your head, same topic and you pay more attention? That just happened to me and it’s a useful, practical suggestion I want to share with you today.
Returning from my conference recently, I really felt the value of “resetting.” Then the concept floated away.
Yesterday, teaching my class The Interior Designers’ Guide to Organizing …the word “reset” came up again!
So, curious, I asked what it meant.
What is it about the word “reset” as we talked about maintaining our desk or kitchen counter or home ?
Class answers? Sounds non judgmental. Easy to apply. Appealing. Gives you a sense of what things could be like versus how they are.
To make use of this, think about how this might work in your work or home life. With your Things or your Time, here is an organizational idea that seems to work for many people.
Here’s how I’ve seen “reset”in my conference experience. I was on the plane flights with some time alone.
What did I reset?
- My perspective on what’s important in my business. What do I want to let go of, even if it’s a wonderful idea. What do I want to spend more time on?
- I reset my thinking about me as a professional, particularly with conference, in the growth I’ve made not only in my skill set but in my confidence, my abilities, my growth in self esteem to where I am today, in what I have to offer to my industry and younger professionals, and in my own sense of wisdom.
- I reset with some friendships: people I keep up with via social media but don’t get to see in person. Most friendships got a little deeper, and I made some new “friendly colleague” relationships.
- Reset in the roles I held while at conference: I presented a short update on the past year and announced two amazing new programs in my Board role (director of research). I also gave a half hour research updates presentation, following in the footsteps of my predecessor. So after my research presentations, I had to press reset to return to being a non-presenting Board member and regular subscriber, networking, listening, and learning. Not thinking about my own presentation, but resetting to learning mode.
- Reset myself to “home mode.” Me, transitioning back into real life. We didn’t have a functioning dryer. And part of my mental transition to home is when I know the laundry is done. It’s like putting away the experience I’ve just had. Having dinner out together is also part of leaving and coming home. Quiet time.
- Reset ‘to do’ list: I did some client work and presentation work during my time at conference, answered some new client questions, and had some conference or research follow up. Due dates had to be rearranged and priorities set differently.
- Reset my expectations for next year on how my schedule worked this year, how late I can stay up and still be sharp the next day (did well this year!)
- Reset my packing list: I add a couple of ideas each year. Last year, it was to add snacks for our hotel room, so we have energy food but also food from home. It’s a comfort thing.
I like this idea of pressing “reset,” because usually we use the expression “switching gears” when we talk about coming home from vacation or business travel and getting back into home life.
Or switching gears from the weekend to Monday mornings at work…. ending the day and switching gears to personal time.
I have trouble with transitions, and switching gears, just the phrase, sounds so incredibly difficult!
So think about how “resetting” shows up in your life, in your office, in your time, in your stuff … And my next blog post will be about “gears” and how I made it easier to switch gears to make these transitions.
This is a common topic, transitions and switching gears, when I work with people on time management or organizing one’s life.
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