By Keri-Ann Stanton
I want to talk about letting go.
Letting go of big plans in 2021.
My 2020, as you know, was a wild non-stop 14 months of huge projects rolling into each other that was an insane answer to the KAMuses offering: availability, delivery & me, hands on.
I thought my 2021 would start in Feb after the hand off of a big project in Jan. Take a breath. Recalibrate. Start again. Feb was a little chaotic. Then I thought March & now we are nearly April. Q2. And it still feels like it’s just a roll on of 2020 … except it’s harder to outsource, collaborate, commission, build cut through campaigns. Why? Because people are not okay. The collective grief / exhaustion has run the adrenalin right out of them. And so these are the things I have let go of already this year:
- A logo refresh: commissioned a designer in Jan – still waiting 🤷🏼♀️
- A website – still waiting 🤷🏼♀️
- A fully set up office – I may have it all in place April. I may not. 🤷🏼♀️
- A support team that I can outsource too 🤷🏼♀️
- Crafted, creative, disruptive campaigns 🤷🏼♀️
It’s a weird place for me to not have big plans, big vision boards, big statements out there.
But it’s also all a bit unnecessary I realise.
Because the work keeps coming (I just turn down a lot more of it), the money keeps coming (I just won’t outsource so much of it) and so you learn to let it go, let it go ….
- Can’t get a logo? Ag the old one is fine …
- Can’t get a website? Ag LinkedIn is fine …
- Office not perfect? Ag let’s go find another beautiful remote place to work from …
- Support team not stepping up? Ag just do it yourself …
- Disruptive campaigns too hard for exhausted heads …
And so we go back to my core of 2020: availability (yes I answer 6.30am calls, yes I will work through weekends if that’s what it takes), delivery (I do what needs to be done quickly & simply, clients have no time for excuses & delays), and yes, I get my hands dirty (the amount of excuses, delays, complications & miscommunication in teams is the reason clients are throwing up their hands in despair).
Let it go. Let it go.
It means that I re-prioritize my day frequently.
It means I answer only the things that need answering that day (the rest can wait for the morning batch when I have a clear head and fresh coffee).
It means that I carve out space for the thinking, creating, daydreaming, napping part that is essential to troubleshooting & imagining.
It means I don’t promise things I can’t deliver on.
It means that I say no to projects & clients that won’t fit with me.
Why am I telling you this?
Because 2021 doesn’t need a big plan.
It needs you to let go.
To just do the basics.
And do them well.
Sometimes good work is as simple as that: just deliver the results as painlessly as possible.
I am also realising that clients in 2021, generally speaking, don’t want creative & clever. They want to know the possibilities of it yes. But then they want a simplified solution, quickly implemented, results delivered. The anomaly are the retail clients, who never lost their pace & energy during 2020 because, as they were essential workers, they never got to lockdown on the lockdown.
Ok sermon over. Stop pitching. Stop chasing. Stop overloading. Let it go. Do 3 things well versus 30 things on a hamster wheel. That’s how you find your flow, nurture clients, do beautiful work. And create more.
#PRChurch will appear as a regular column on www.alloverthebarshouting.com & a podcast will be recorded. ✌🏼
KAMuses is an independent communications consultant(cy) founded by Keri-Ann Stanton. “I create compelling narratives – a communications specialist who walks the fine line between delivering business results and winning awards.” PR Strategist & Creative. PR Producer. PR Publicist. See more on https://www.linkedin.com/in/keri-ann-stanton-98b1781b/