People have opinions.  And sometimes they actually are good to hear. Really.

It can be a good idea to bounce issues, ideas, etc. off of someone, whether a mentor, colleague, spouse.  But just because they tell you what works for them, or what they think will work, the best response is “Thanks, I am going to think about that.”  The reason for this is what works for one person may not work for another.

It can be simple things.  I use Outlook’s Calendar features to keep track of meeting, deadlines and anything else.  Others in my firm or who I know swear by the Tasks function.  You say tomato, I say tomato. I think you get the picture.

At the same time, ideas or processes from others can be helpful. I always am looking to create efficiencies or do things in a more organized or better way.  It is better to always be open to new idea and thoughts, but at the end of the day you have to think for yourself.