Let me ask you a question. How does your calendar look? Is it chock-a-block with activities things and stuff, carry-overs from previous days, filled with more commitments than you can complete? Beware; busyness will debilitate and distract, it rarely leads to productive results long term.
Busy should never be the objective. Results oriented activities are the goal. Know what you expect to achieve, and be specific going in.
That’s not to say that being busy is completely void of a few benefits (emphasis being on the word “few”).
Being busy can create momentum.
When we stall and become debilitated by the overwhelm life has in such abundance, getting busy with just about anything is better than a self-absorbed wallow or becoming mired in mental muck.
But on the other side, red flags need to wave in your face when momentum, filled with busyness activities, become the norm and not an anomaly. Lot’s of folks just want to be busy so they can tell everyone who will listen how busy they are; I assume this is the result of unfulfilled self-importance.
Five steps to “A No B.S. Schedule.”
1) The first question to ask yourself “Is this going to make me money or move me closer to my goal?” Break everything down into small bits; know where you are and where you want to go. Look at each item on your schedule, critically value its importance. Value judgments, need to be ruthless and without compromise.
2) Get action oriented make your next move count. Start now, not when the stars align or conditions are perfect. Acting NOW is usually the perfect time.
3) Compartmentalize. Work when you work, play when you play, and give when you give, each has its own time and reason. Always give your key business priority.
4) Move the needle every day. When you close your books for the day, know in your heart of hearts that this day was a success. Somedays the needle moves more than others, but to have an impact it has to move (even if only marginally). All progress is progress so when you close your eyes tonight take a moment and celebrate the movement you orchestrated today.
5) Don’t allow the agenda of others to become your responsibility. Also, schedule your philanthropic involvement to enhance life, not to dominate it. When someone says you’re a perfect fit for our board, don’t let your vanity determine your destiny. NO THANKS may be the right answer for everybody.
I am a big fan of philanthropy, giving back, volunteering, and mentoring others. My caution here is don’t become so wrapped up in giving, that you end up giving until there is nothing left to give. I realize that I am speaking to the few and not the masses. I have seen more than one occasion where the spirt has moved intention to overload, overwhelm, and postponement of principal objectives. Results are never pretty.
When it comes to being in the game for the full ride, it’s only going to happen if you have the money, resources, and credibility to stay there. You are only going to have these if you succeed in business and you’re only going to succeed if you make your business the priority that it needs to be.
The best way to do this is to start each day with a No B.S. Schedule.
Business first ~ Think World Class