Be Present, Don’t Be Present, But Don’t Be Both

SwainBe present, don’t be present, but don’t be both.  This was something Dan Griffith said at our Accel Young CPA Leadership Forum last November that really struck a chord with me.  I wear a lot of hats:  mother, wife, family member, friend, audit manager, volunteer, baseball mom, home manager; the list is endless.  Very rarely am I not doing multiple things at once, and while I like to think I’m great at multi-tasking, I’m sure I’m not devoting proper attention to the tasks at hand.

Being fully present is something that’s so hard to do in this world of constant communication and immediate feedback. It means putting down my phone when I get home or when I’m in the car with my kids.  It means ignoring the emails that pop up in the corner of my computer while I’m working on something.  It means telling clients or coworkers that I will have to get back to them.  It means all of these things deserve my undivided attention.Am I going to get the same amount accomplished at the end of the day?  I’m not sure, but at least I can say I did everything to the best of my ability, and hopefully I’m less stressed at the end of the day.  Now how do I go about doing this?  The only way I know how is to continuously remind myself to only wear one hat at a time.  And maybe I will make a sign to hang in my office.

Cheri Swain

YCPA Committee