How Do You Manage Your Chaos?

Let's face it, we all get overwhelmed if not every day then multiple times during the week. When I was younger I would use this energy and adrenaline to get things done.  Maybe it worked or maybe I just thought I was performing better.  As I have matured - i.e. gotten older - I find that I can actually be more productive when I slow things down. Right now, I am working very hard at The Startup Factory Fund II, reimagining what the Big Top recruiting platform can be with a major extension and promoting my book.  Each one of these is a beast in itself and place a lot of self-driven pressure on my internal management tools. With these pressures front and center, I sat back and evaluated what I was doing and how effective I was.  I graded out pretty poorly in my opinion.  So I changed things up. First and foremost was to take control of my calendar and email.  Being a slave to email is bad.  Why let others set your priorities, right? And my calendar frequently looks like a battlefield as I sit with entrepreneurs, mentors/advisors, investors, companies, recruiters, festival peeps, publishers, editors . . . .

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