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Michael’s Way Past an Overloaded Life

A purposeful life isn’t a busy one

I’ve heard similar struggles recently from my team members and coaches over the past month regarding people feeling overburdened and not sure how to move forward.

I’ve experienced this situation many times throughout my 30-year career and feel that I should share how I get past the crisis.

Being uncertain and at a loss is real


  • Know why you’re doing what you do and how you’ll present yourself
  • Define and share your role expectations with others to identify responsibilities
  • Set 1-3 priority objectives for yourself
    • Operations automation
    • KPI datasets into appraisals
    • Reduce @noise
  • Determine the essential recurring things to do
  • Make deep time for each of them, including ad hoc things.
    • Daily, weekly, monthly, other CSO stuff
  • Allow unplanned slack to happen when finishing early, taking breaks, eating a meal, and moving around.
  • Share your schedule to protect those timings.
  • Pursue whole relationships that get things done
    • Small conversations typically build into respect and trust, which allows for easier done, meaningful and challenging conversations with positive impact.
  • Start meetings with catching up before getting into details.
  • Reflect often, iterate when relevant

Through the above efforts and retrospective thereof, my methodology is constantly evolving, and I’m glad for it. It helps me know that I’m forever young in mind and capable of helping others.

By Michael Cannon

Boundless Virgo water-rat, Drusus & Jace's nearby dad, for @Axelerant's success, of conscious choices & simple living by kindness through curiosity & reflection

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