Recently I talked a good friend of mine out of running for political office.
He's an immensely talented guy, with a lot on his leadership plate. He's capable of making very clear decisions with calm judgment and sound discernment. But with his organization entering into a hectic phase of growth and many potential challenges to overcome, I felt compelled to share with him my perspective on having head space.
We often think that because there's a slot open until the calendar, we should fill it because, productivity.
But leadership work isn't time centric. It's emotional labor, it's thoughtful decision-making, it's giving life and adding value to those you lead.
All of which require head space.
Room for your brain to have ideas.
Room for you to process big decisions.
Room for spontaneity.
David Allen, in his book, "Getting Things Done" shares that the brain is remarkable for having ideas, but not built for keeping them in your head. If your head is full of too many looming decisions, open loops of options and problems to solve, you'll flounder.
Create head space by writing out literally everything that's on your mind in 15 minutes. From "do I hire the new intern" to "what books do I want to read" .
And create head space by learning to say no.
This blog is one way for me to create head space. Rather than keeping all my ideas and beliefs in my head, I choose to write them down periodically, as often as they can. Then, my head space is opened up because I've placed them in a place I can access again.