Society moves at a lightning pace. Busy is the “in-thing”, and it is going to steal your awesomeness. Busy-ness is unfocused productivity. Doing a lot of the wrong things doesn’t make you effective or productive. The goal, after all, is to have the power to achieve your awesomeness whatever it may be (insert stop killing your dream), and still be happy. Stephen Covey illustrated the importantance classifying tasks in a simple manner and knowing how to protect your time from wasteful, non productive things. His quadrants:
1. Urgent/Imporant: crying baby, kitchen fire, etc.
2. Not Urgent/Imporant: exercise, planning, etc. (this is where your awesomeness lives)
3. Urgent/Not Important: interruptions, calls
1. Define your Awesome: What are you trying to accomplish. Thinking with “the end in mind”, what is “the end”?. Without this, you are wandering around aimlessly and everything will seem urgent.
2. Awareness of where your time and focus is being spent: Once you have defined your goals, you have a guiding light toward where the majority of your time and focus should be spent. You must be willing and able to evaluate your time and focus. If this seems foreign to you, seek some coaching from a personal coach. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, The Effective Executive, and Getting Things Done, are great places to start. They provide classic tools for managing your actions. How much of your bucket is full of quadrant 2 activities? These are the things that will get you to your awesome.
Relentless forward movement, however small, toward a defined goal, has a remarkable way of leading to success and accomplishment.