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What Are You Busy About?

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Ninety percent of the people I talk to tell me that they are ‘real busy’. On the other hand, about eighty percent of those tell me that their work does not engage them. And most leaders will tell you that the work their employees are focusing on does not ‘move the needle’.

This isn’t new.

It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
– Henry David Thoreau

Do your goals and actions have a direct tie to your mission, vision, and values?

Do you small activities add up to some larger picture?

Can you find a way to give meaning to otherwise meaningless actions?

If you follow someone who is really effective at time management AND getting things done, you’ll probably find that they’ve found a way to make every movement a lever.

  • They golf while winning over clients
  • They use their hobbies to build their network
  • When they shop, they use the sensory stimuli to explore new possibilities

Write down one or two of your ‘big projects’. For me it’s a book and a video series. Now list all the things that get in the way of doing your big projects. For me it can often be my travel schedule.

Now, ask yourself if there is a way that you use your inhibitor as an enabler. I’m going on a business trip to Asia, for example, and will use that opportunity to film in some exotic locations, instead of putting my project on hold.

In other words: get Relevant. Stop being ‘busy’ and start being SMART as Hell.

 

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