What fills the space

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Email and household tasks. Two things that I’ve found in my life that just always seem to fill the space. And this is what I mean by that— that no matter what you do, they are always there. Catch up on one thing, it just all refills. Create a system for managing it and you can certainly manage it…. but with investing gobs and gobs of time. Imagine a fungus (ew?) that you have growing outside on the drive way, you remove it, and then it’s literally right back there the instant you removed the first round. That’s a space-filler-up’r. (I know you come to to this blog for the vocabulary and level of intellect that goes into this writing.)

Ok, ok we don’t get to dismiss email and household chores (and text messages, for the love of Pete). But we don’t have to let them fill up all the space in our schedules. Because they will. Always. Fill er up.

This time that can be better spent— networking, playing with my kids, reading, working on a special project for work, practicing hospitality in our house, exercising, and other valuable ways to spend time.

So this week, I’m jotting down all the things that seem to fill space like email and household chores. And with that list, I’m going to scrub it to see 1) where I need to create a better system 2) where I need to practice a “good enough” philosophy.

As young professionals, let’s evaluate the space fillers in our schedules.

Also— It’s National Mentoring Month. Wow! I can’t express how thankful I am for the many, many people who have invested their time in me as a professional and on a personal level as a mentor. If you only take away one thing from this blog post, it would be this: find a way to be mentoring the next generation in your sphere of influence. Right here, right now.

I had the chance to recently share with EDGE Mentoring about my experience transitioning from a mentee to mentor in that particular organization. Here is the link to that post if you’d like to check it out!