Write it down

I have noted an odd change in behaviour since starting to write a blog.  I seem to have stopped writing to do lists.  Obviously the two things are not related, but the irony is delicious.

This week my motto is ‘write it down’. Ok, not motto, that should be something more aspirational.  ‘Forward with efficiency’ would be the motto.  The stenorous voice of the persistent mental reminder is saying ‘write it down’.   If it is not on a written to do list, the task is floating around somewhere in my brain and although I rarely forget things, I get most things done eventually, it never feels as efficient.

I use a bullet journal method to move lists to a relevant time frame, and that is a good way for me to keep lists relevant and productive.  And having it written gives me the reassurance that I don’t need to use energy on remembering things, I can just get them done.

Not writing anything on the list is something that happens when I get overwhelmed though.  It is such a silly reaction to having lots to do. Surely that is exactly when I should reach most for the lists?  I have noticed I am even not writing all my appointments in my diary, keeping some in my head. That is almost at the point of craziness I think.

Time is of the essence of course.  I need to spend a little bit of time writing things down, possibly as I think them, but possibly in a more rigorous way of spending a few minutes checking what is coming up and that it is all recorded somewhere.  And not wasting another moment in pondering why I have stopped doing something so blatantly useful for myself.

Forward with efficiency.

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PS Obviously I just made that motto up, but liking it.




Raising morale

It’s a simple statement: “morale is low” sounds like a factual observation about the feelings of a group of people.  But what makes morale high or low?

I have been reading a lot recently about what makes individuals happy, but I am far from clear on how to make groups of people happy.  Well, far from clear on what science says about it.  .

Morale is different from efficiency or efficacy, in my experience groups can be very effective in their work, yet still have a low morale.  Eventually, the two do start to align though and it feels it should be true that motivated, happy groups of workers are more effective.

In a particular volunteering role I am feeling responsible for changing morale which is apparently low and that is being presented to me as a huge problem, so it is feeling very daunting at the moment.  I can see some clear and simple solutions: pointing out the good results of the work, which is clearly successful; thanking people for their efforts, their time and their skills, which are many and abundant; checking that people are doing what fits their skills and also what they want to be doing, offering training and support where needed.

This all seems so simple though, that it cannot be the answer.  It makes me think that there is a huge moral responsibility of any head of any team to make sure her team feel good as well as do good.  That said, I know I cannot make someone feel a particular way, so it is feeling like a conundrum.

If anyone has any good books, blogs or podcasts about morale rather than effectiveness, point me in the right direction please!

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