A Month of Not to Do’s
Less is More. I am not sure if I love or hate clichés. I guess it depends on the cliché. “Less is more” is a phrase from the Robert Browning poem “Andrea del Sarto, also called ‘The Faultless Painter'” published in 1855. Sort of ironic given the length of the poem itself.
It’s no secret I like clever (some say corny) names, team-building activities, self-reflection and personal improvement. So, we have May, Minus May at SoapBox. I challenged my staff to identify one thing in their lives they can commit to eliminating with the intent of improving their overall life. Together, we made a commitment to simplify our lives, with the hope that a small change can lead to big results, or at least send us in the right direction.
As an entrepreneur, I find one of the main traps startups run into, is setting goals that are unattainable or too general instead of chunking things down. The staff was asked to identify a goal, and then pick one thing to eliminate from their lives to help them get there. I love seeing these!
Nicole, Sales and Marketing Administrative Assistant
Goal: To save money
Minus: Her daily trips to Starbucks
Melissa, Recruitment Specialist
Goal: To have a more positive outlook
Kevin, Online Panel Support
Goal: To reduce his cholesterol
Minus: Eating fast food
Cynthia, Manager of Community Experience
Goal: To live a longer, healthier life
Minus: Smoking cigarettes
Adolfo, Senior Project Manager
Goal: To save money
Minus: Drinking alcohol
Kalean, Bids and Feasibility Associate
Goal: To be more productive at work
Minus: Hitting the snooze button
Michaela, Bids and Feasibility Associate
Goal: Saving time and money
Minus: Shopping and buying necessary things
Adriana, Director of Marketing
Goal: To lose weight
Minus: Snacking at night
Myself, Lunatic, COO, Mom Blogger
Goal: Sleep a minimum of 8 hours per night
Minus: Cellphone after 11 PM
What are you willing to give up to gain?
Want to join in? Tweet me @jax_rosales #minusmay, and tell us what you will be giving up. Next month, we’ll share everyone’s experiences and results.