I know you’re busy. But are you productive?
That’s the question I’ve been asking myself lately. I’m really consumed
with meeting my goals for this year, and just saying yes to everything
of quality that comes along.
But I’ve noticed I’m not truly productive. (That’s the reason why
there was a big lag in posts). I’m making alot of inquiries, doing
research, writing– so there’s lots of creating and creative energy
flying around the office.
What’s missing, I think, is results and completion. Too many plates in the air have left me with a scattered focus and too few results to show for it. And, frankly, I don’t think I’m the only business person this happens to.
So, I’m gonna take some good advice I heard and start scheduling ‘quiet periods’.
A quiet period is a couple of hours per week that you devote exclusively to completing one entire project. No phone. No email. No distractions.
Using this technique I hope to take some of the stuff off my long, long
to-do list like altering my home page, writing more articles, and working on the Ombuds Academy. My thought is that if I can complete the short term goals that are part of my long range goals it will all be gravy at year’s end.
Part of this idea came from reading the materials from E-Myth. Michael Gerber wisely advises us business owners to work ON our business strategically, NOT in the business doing the busy work that piles up and calls us. To read more, visit www.emyth.com
It changed my perspective, and I hope you get the same out of it.
Try. Fail. Learn. Grow.
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