The Hardest Habit Of All – Are You Able To Do it?
Here’s a habit I am going to try really, really hard to do this year. Already I know I am failing at it. It’s not easy. For me anyway. But it is a key to a successful year at work – with just about everything really. Are you able to do it? Here it is.
Yesterday, I spent the day with colleagues, at one of our vitally important Fresh Air sessions- where we go offsite, suck in some air, and talk for hours across a range of critical business priorities.
We debated the myriad of opportunities and issues on our plates as we planned a successful 2013. The day progressed. The list lengthened. Then we paused: and reflected. “Hang on- let’s review that list and ensure we follow the hardest habit of all.” And this is what we did.
We chose what we were NOT going to do.
Seriously- we began crossing stuff off the list. Not that it would not get done- it just would not be given the priority focus and attention.
Why Do This?
There is too much to do- too many demands for our time and attention, all seemingly ‘urgent’ and ‘mission critical.’ I find it very easy to be ‘very busy’, but often I am not focusing on what really counts. Then our CEO shared a research report on CEO views of achieving business success in the year ahead- and key insights included:
- Choose carefully what NOT to do
- Do the really important things ‘insanely well’
- Focus relentlessly on what adds REAL VALUE
- Keep ensuring you have clarity on where to spend your time
What Will You Do With This Powerful Insight?
Hopefully, something. Here’s an idea. Get those four points typed up, and stick them somewhere where you can see them every day, often. When you do your ‘to do’ lists every day, glance up at these four points…double check against your priorities for the day ahead. Delete the stuff you don’t need to do. Get absolutely focused on the stuff you do. Give it a go!
And A Final Word
I have three days to go before I start my “Quit For Cancer” challenge for February. I am not quitting a bad habit in February- but instead am starting a good habit- meditation every day- for 20 minutes. Frankly- I am petrified. But it’s important for me, it’s a priority, and I want to do it ‘insanely well.” A big thank you again to all my sponsors – they helped ensure my $2,000 goal had been solidly exceeded- thank you. And if you missed the story on why I am doing this, you can read this article which appeared in last week’s AdNews.