June 25, 2018

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Next Right Thing - Simply Balanced

Creating Harmony Between Work and Home

Being out of balance is often a result of having too many truly critical tasks left to do at the end of the day. Why does this happen? In our “customer comes first” oriented business world, most people do one of two things first:

  1. They respond to what is right in front of them, such as the phone that rings or the e-mails that pop up, one after another, or

  2. The next easiest task, which often includes dealing with the customer you enjoy the most or handling something you find easy.

Given these two common facts, you can literally be busy all day and get absolutely nothing of importance done. Samuel, a senior executive in a Fortune 500 firm, recently admitted in a coaching session that he has days like this. “I’m very efficient, most of the time. Yet, there are some days that I feel like I’m in reactive mode all day long.”

I suggested to Samuel to watch for one or more of the following indicators that he was no longer running his day and instead it was running him:

  1. Very little to nothing getting checked off on the task list of the day.

  2. Every appointment and meeting gets a bit more behind schedule.

  3. End of day fatigue around 11AM in morning.

  4. Decreasing satisfaction with how the day is going.

  5. Increasing frustration with how the day is going.

When these occur, I told Samuel, stop, take a breath, and ask yourself, “What is the next right thing?” As you pause and think about this, one or more things will come to mind. Pick one. When that’s done, do this again. And then again. “This was so simple,” shared Samuel. “Yet, it was the simplicity that made it work. When I get mired down with too many things to do, my decision-making gets mired down as well. Next right thing is a very powerful way to get unstuck and rebalanced.

As you go about your day, watch for the five indicators that are you heading off-track. When one or more pop up, stop, take that breath, and ask yourself, “What is the next right thing?” Go do that. Then do it again. And then again. You’ll be amazed how quickly you’ll be back on track.

- Scott Wintrip

Scott Wintrip, PCC ( is Founder and President of StaffingU, the leader in providing relationship-building techniques guaranteed to grow your business. For information on StaffingU's programs and services, including TeleClasses (live telephone-based classes), Virtual StaffingU (web-based courses), individual and group coaching, on-site training and speaking, and consulting visit or call 866-SU-WORKS (789-6757).