My mentor Jack Canfield taught me to reduce stress and make room for good things by eliminating incompletions and messes. There’s “stuff” weighing on you that can be eliminated, providing space for big thinking, healthy relaxation, and valuable insights.
I invite you to list your incompletes and messes as well as the steps it will take to complete them. This process will create the space you need to build the law firm – and life – you want. If you’re like me, you spend more time thinking about something you know you need to do than it takes to actually do it. Let’s get rid of your naggin’ noggin.
Common Incompletes and Messes
Now’s the time to free yourself of the guilt and shoulds that are weighing you down. I share Jack’s advice with you and have added a few incomplete and messes that applies to us, specifically, as attorneys.
1. Former business activities
2. Promises not kept, not acknowledged, or not renegotiated
3. Unpaid debts or financial commitments
4. Closets overflowing with clothes never worn
5. Disorganized garage crowded with old discards
6. Checkbook not balanced or accounts that should be closed
7. “Junk” drawers with unusable items
8. Haphazard or disorganized tax records
9. Missing or broken tools
10. Attic filled with unused items
11. Car Trunk or back seat filled with “stuff”
12. Incomplete car maintenance
13. Basement disorganized or filled with discards
14. Credenza packed with completed or unrealized projects
15. Filing left undone
16. Computer not backed up
17. Desk surface cluttered or disorganized
18. Family pictures never put in an album
19. Mending, ironing, or other piles of items to repair or discard
20. Deferred household maintenance
21. Personal relationships with unstated resentments or appreciations
22. Forgiveness that needs to occur
23. Time not spent with people you’ve been meaning to spend time with
24. Incomplete projects or projects delivered w/o reporting or asking for feedback
25. Acknowledgment that needs to be asked for
25. Promises or contracts left unfulfilled
26. Difficult clients you haven’t responded to
27. Files ready to be closed
28. Stagnate cases you’re not sure how to handle
29. Procedures left undocumented
30. Thank yous left unsaid
31. Team feedback not provided
32. Written goals left undone
33. KPIs that need to be charted
34. Administrative tasks that you’re still doing and can delegate
35. Goals that haven’t been documented
Eliminating Your Incompletes and Messes
Now is the time to make your own list. As you gradually move through your list, you’ll feel a significant weight lift off your shoulders. You’ll feel happier and be willing to take on the challenges and goals you need to get you from where you are to where you want to be.
Once you have your list jot down, the date/time you’ll have the mess cleaned up and to whom you will delegate all or part of the clean-up to.
- For delegation, be sure you include specific instructions and the time/date you will have delegated by as well as the due date.
- For your own tasks, mark your calendar for when you’ll work on each task. Relying just on the list won’t work. Lists get pushed. Your tasks need to be transferred to your calendar and honored as you would a client appointment.
What are Your Incompletes and Messes Costing You?
Your incomplete and messes are costing you way more than you realize. To help you move forward, here are the questions you need to be asking yourself:
1. What irritates you? What is a mess or incomplete in your life?
2. How does not completing it affect you? What does it cost you?
3. What do you need to do to fix it?
4. Who could you ask to help you get it handled?
5. How do you stop yourself from asking?
6. When will you ask them?
7. When do you commit to completing it by?
The fun part of this occurs when you get to cross incomplete and messes off your list. I know you love that 🙂 It’s also fun (and a huge relief) to have mental and emotional space to focus on big stuff, like creating the law firm and life of your dreams.
You don’t need to be perfect to be successful, but you do need to clean up your incompletes and messes.
You got this!
P.S. If you’re nodding yes, if you’re ready to go from pain to gain, if you have the vision of building a million-dollar+ law firm but don’t know how to get there, let’s chat about where you are and where you want to go. Set up your Breakthrough Strategy Session here.