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Communications clutter may be one of the most insidious and damaging aspects of work, both in the professional and home environments.
Uncluttered communications look like this:
If you routinely practice these habits, great! If you don’t, keep reading.
Remember there are three overarching themes for the week:
Communications clutter undermines every one of those themes!
If you agree that the three themes are important, then why would you maintain poor communications hygiene? There are three possible explanations:
Let’s look at each of these.
Haven’t thought about it. Now you have!
Don’t know how to declutter.
Note: I’m laughing hilariously as I write this as the lawn person has come and is mowing right beneath my window! Add that to the list of intruding distractions!
Being unavailable is an unavoidable luxury. That is certainly possible, but perhaps you have created a false story around the importance of being available 90-100% of the time. Remember that one of our key themes is to be intentional, so please reflect on the following.
Maybe the real problem lies within us, and the narrative we have constructed around our own leadership. Let’s briefly unpack a couple of the stories we may have constructed for ourselves. Under each story, I’ll offer some alternative thoughts and perspectives. You don’t need to agree with me, just reflect so that you can do so intentionally.
I’m really interested to know how people respond to this theme. If you had a strong response (positive or negative) please comment below.
Do good and be well,