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It’s September and, at the risk of sounding cynical, that means that before we know it the holiday season is in full swing, and then BOOM! it’s 2022. Sorry to be a downer, but you know it’s true.

With that in mind, let’s think about some ways to make the remainder of 2021 better and the start of 2022 smoother.

Stay in Your Lane. One of the greatest compliments we have received from a client is, “Our work with you gave me the power to say ‘No.’”  Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? But from where does this superpower come? It comes from knowing, embracing, and nurturing the aspects of your work with the greatest relevance and the fewest providers.

Declaring what that is has many benefits. For example, you get to focus on those aspects and, as a result, you will do them better. Plus, your message becomes much clearer because you’re only talking about what matters most. Less is more, after all.

Join Up. Later this month, I’m speaking at the Nonprofit Changemakers conference. Their theme this year is “Better Together,” and I love it! We could all use the reminder that we don’t have to go it alone—especially if we’re now saying “No.” more often.

Both official and unofficial arrangements can check off the “join up” box. Once you decide what you shouldn’t do because other aspects of your work are more important or better suited for your skill sets, look around for people or organizations who take it over. If you’re doing them a favor through the transfer, explore ways they can help you in return. If they’re doing you a favor, look for ways to return it.

Prioritize. I’m a big fan of saying, “We can do anything. We just cannot do everything.” That is always easier said than done, but there are ways to make deciding what you can do easier.

For the remainder of the year, think about your current and future work in the context of what will have the most significant impact with the least amount of effort. Here’s a 2×2 that might help you:

A 2x2 for 2022

For 2022, think about what will have the most significant impact with the most amount of effort. It’s time to start scheduling that work, delegating its management, and mapping out its milestones.

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