You have been extremely busy working on an all-consuming project and suddenly, it comes to a standstill and you are uncertain when it will get going again. You have acquired a lucrative client/customer for your business and you are eagerly waiting to get started on the work for them. You have just started an exciting yet challenging new role and you are being given some time to find your way around and get adjusted to the rhythm of the team and the organization.
If you see yourself as someone who feels guilty or like a failure if you haven’t accomplished five important things in the past hour, then stop and recognize that you are experiencing a welcome or unwelcome lull. Work ebbs and flows and it is your choice whether or not this lull has to be dull. If you choose for the lull not to be dull, it is a great opportunity for you to cull and mull.
When was that last time that you spent some really focused time deleting old and unnecessary e-mails from your inbox, discarding files from your electronic devices and getting rid of the clutter in your office? You are starting a new phase in your project or a new chapter in your business or career and your electronic tools and workspace should be cleaned, organized and prepared for this new opportunity.
When was the last time you spent some really focused time thinking and planning both your personal and professional lives? The end of the year is rapidly approaching. You may want to end your personal year on a high note. One idea is to plan a December to Remember by doing one fun, low-cost activity on each of the 31 days of this month. December is a month with an abundance of events and celebrations so you can choose from many options of things to see and do. The festivities also present opportunities to reconnect and celebrate with friends and family or to contribute your time and energy to make the season brighter for someone who is less fortunate than you. You can also think about how things are going in your personal life, what has worked well this year and what you would like to continue or do better next year.
As you begin a new chapter in your professional life, think about what has worked well in the past and what has made you successful. If you are waiting for a project to proceed, what can you offer in the next phase of the project to ensure its success? If you have acquired a lucrative new client/customer for your business, what are you going to do to deliver superior service and an excellent product so they will become your strongest advocate and continue to do business with you? If you are starting a new role, what do you need to let go of from the previous role and what are you committed to achieving in your new role so that you can contribute to your own success and that of the team and the organization?
So if you are currently experiencing a lull or are anticipating a lull in the near future, see the lull as a gift and as an opportunity to stop, take a much deserved break, do some culling and mulling and then start on your way again.