Beyond the Build


Clear Your Head

It doesn’t matter if you are in the C-suite or any other position in the organization. For those who are motivated to keep moving forward, it’s hard to get everything off that “to-do list.” That’s the growth mindset. You are always thinking of the next thing to make bigger and better.

If I have a new idea, I either try to act on it right away or dictate the thought to my smart phone. (That’s if I can record soon enough not to forget.) I then wait for quiet time to act, and sometimes these items don’t seem so important.  For me, deleting these unnecessary tasks is almost as much fun as un-friending someone from Facebook when they use that platform for political ranting.

For the tasks that make the cut:

Figure out what can be delegated. Among other things, I discovered some time ago that relationships are what keep us in business. This is where I try to place my focus, and I’ve surrounded myself with others who can handle many of the other details involved in running our business. That’s something I am constantly reminding myself.

Make a point to give yourself uninterrupted time. For me, this is just about impossible in the office. I am an early riser, and often stay at home through 9 a.m. or so, creating a block of time to work through “heads down” tasks that involve my full attention. Also, Saturday’s are great for me when I get up with no deadlines, which allows my mind to soar.

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Merrill Stewart Jr.

Merrill Stewart is Founder and CEO of The Stewart/Perry Company, a commercial building contractor based in Birmingham.