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Published: 20th of May 2019 by: Debbie Engelbrecht

In an age of information overload, it makes sense that the only way to counter overload is with focus. Information competes for attention. Focus hones the attention on what is important.

I have of late been sneaking an occasional peek at Marie Kondo, author of The Life Changing Magic of Tyding Up, on Netflix...

I have always personally been a bit of a minimalist, preferring simple over ostentatious, preferring organised over chaos. That does not mean I have always achieved it. Not in life and not in work. It sometimes takes a concerted effort to stand back, assess what you are faced with and manage the way forward.

Yet, letting go is exactly what frees us. Whether it is in Marie Kondo style, gently of physical entrapment, in Nelson Mandela style "Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear." or in Steve Job's style in the business environment "It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do."

Letting go of tasks, of control, of the small stuff is essential for us to focus our attention on the big stuff. But for this method to be effective, we may have to analyse carefully exactly what the big stuff is.

If for example, you are an office manager with a really busy day, upskilling your administrative assistant may have to become one of your main goals for a little while, or if you are surrounded by highly competent individuals as a leader your focus may be to clarify vision and strategy before you can let go.

This structured approach is very useful and brings better results in the long term. If you are wanting to learn more and find some really useful tools to assist with this kind of thinking, join the Staff Training Stress and Time Management workshops or take an online course for some useful and powerful tools to assist in your journey.
I am definitely of the opinion that much less is much more. What do you think?

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© Debbie Engelbrecht 2019

Debbie is the MD at Staff Training, providing soft skills and leadership training for South Africans since 2000. Should you wish for Staff Training to put together an annual training package for you covering aspects of management, wellness and self-mastery, please email

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