by Madeleine Blanchard
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I have been talking a lot about brain function lately, because I have been learning about it, but also because it is so critical for leaders and knowledge workers to take good care of their brains. In a recent post I talked about Baumeister’s work and noted how important it is to make desicions or do the stuff that is going to require serious brain power first - while you are fresh, fueled and rested. This came in from a colleague who heard me speak on this topic – I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:
So you know how you are telling people to do the things that are the hardest first … I have a story to share.
We have a nonprofit that we started as the vision of our daughter last year in 2012 – Taxes forms are due May 15th – since Jan 1, 2013 I have been stressing about that process … we are a startup so we aren’t hiring someone to do it … each month with intent to do it … I found something else to focus on. The day I sat down to do them this weekend I was pleasantly surprised to learn that if we took in under 50K in the year (which we had done just under 30K) we could go online and do a e-postcard. There were 7 questions, my name our website our tax id and a box or two to check and we were done. I think it took me 3 mins! I laughed so hard!!! I had lost sleep on many nights because I didn’t want to do the task … yuck and what if I did it wrong and the responsibility for the nonprofit etc. So you were in my head … Do the hard things first … we might be surprised as to how easy they are and then we can get them out of the way!
Just wanted to share (also I have a new treasurer that will just take care of it for me in the years to come – so I am really good to go now!) Thanks for the teaching and now that I have had this experience – I will be doing the hard stuff first moving forward – hopefully as a daily practice!
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