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Just published: Martha Treat March 2021
The Last Piece
If you are doing a jigsaw puzzle clearly the last piece is essential to completion.
If you are wanting a relaxed mind that can focus with undivided attention, the last piece is the willingness to process everything through to completion as it comes into your world through the inboxes (desk, email, voice mails, texts, Slack, WhatsApp, Signal messages).
There is a tendency while processing our stuff to pick and choose, skipping around vs. going down the string of emails, texts, Slack messages, voicemails one at a time identifying the next action, and doing anything taking two minutes or less.
Getting impatient or feeling the push of time constraints, telling yourself it is not important, and I don’t have time, happens. And the result can be a missed essential item.
With a client earlier this month, we both celebrated a moment of the essential “last piece”.
At the end of our time together there was a tiny stack of papers that she started to skip and then decided to go through one paper at a time all the way through to completion. Mostly it was trash or things already captured in her system until the very last piece which turned out to be quite essential and had been misplaced. I felt her relief and gratitude at that moment, as she exclaimed – this should be a Treat!
We all have had the feeling of knowing something is missing or incomplete, but we can’t quite bring it back into focus or locate it physically.
Placing that last piece of the puzzle into place is a triumph, and so is processing the inbox top to bottom uninterrupted and deciding the next action as well as doing a weekly review that touches everything in the system with our eyes right down to the last piece.
When that last piece of the weekly review is done, there is that inner recognition of trusting ourselves to track and complete what we say we will do.
For me the freedom of self-trust is the essential last piece.
1. Discipline yourself to look at all the pieces in your system weekly.
2. When your attention begins to scatter, gather any incompletes, and process them to completion i.e., record the next action.
3. Increase your self-trust by putting in the last piece of something that has been wanting completion.
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