Consider the activities you undertake when you move to a new town. You obtain local phone books and other directories. You find a doctor, a dentist, and other healthcare providers. You call utility companies to make sure your services are running the first day you move in. You get to know which stores carry the kinds of goods you desire. You meet people at work, around the neighborhood, and around town.
Soon, you develop a network of resources that enable you to get things done locally, like eat dinner, have a well-functioning car, have a dental checkup and so on.
When you assume a new post at work for a new accounting firm, you arrive at a desk that is, hopefully, clean and clear. Soon enough, you’ll fill it with supplies, files, directories and personal items. You align — i.e. put it in order, place it in line, or arrange it so as to be more accommodating — your office, cubicle or work space with those things that help keep you productive, and ideally, balanced and happy.
The road to accomplishing both short and long-term tasks works much the same way. You become pro-active. You surround yourself with that which will be useful in the clutch. For short-term tasks in particular, it makes sense to have adequate supplies. If you’re writing with pen and paper, then you need to have those ready. If you’re making conference calls, then the equipment, numbers, pass codes and such resources need to be in place.
About Jeff Davidson
Jeff Davidson, a.k.a. “The Work-life Balance Expert”®, speaks to accounting firms and associations on increasing their work-life balance so they can be more productive and competitive, and still have a happy home life. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, and Dial it Down, Live it Up. Visit breathingspace.com.