Here’s an exercise I did this past week:


Step 1: Write a list of 7-10 things that are irritating you.

Step 2: Pick 3 of those that you could do something about in the next three months.

This exercise helped me realize that the physical setup of my office has been a low-level drain on my energy level (tripping over wires, printer in my way). It only took an hour to rearrange the desks to eliminate the trip hazards and make space for a brainstorming area where I’ll be mounting three whiteboards on the wall.

Somehow, writing the list pushed me to action.