What’s important?

Me_024.jpgIt’s said that “sometimes you just cannot see the wood for the trees”.

Feeling a bit like that this week.

I’m up to date with emails – all clients and team questions answered – all coaching given.

And after a Hurculean effort on my part yesterday afternoon, my physical “in-tray” is looking much more manageable than it did on Monday at 6.00am.

But the Outlook task list still has loads of “to do’s” on it.

I closed all the technology down at 6.15pm last night and took a long look at the task list – using my intuition to estimate how much time it would take to complete everything – articles, projects, conversations, research and just pure thought.


My estimate was 4 days solid at the desk.

Problem – I have one full day left today (Thursday) and half-day on Friday – then I’m off on my travels again on Saturday.

Normal response at that point is to delegate – but I genuinely worked through the list and there is nothing that I can delegate that I haven’t – so it’s about the metaphorical tree being full of apples – but not knowing which one to pick first.

I’m going to have to do some serious prioritisation this morning.

To quote Tim Ferriss:

Are you inventing things to do to avoid the important?

I have to figure out what is really important.

On a positive note – an email from a dentist that attended my Newcastle gig the other day – to say “sign me up” for the DBS – that’s a cracking way to start my day.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.