Visions, goals, plans...
They are all so negative.
By their very nature, they force you to confront all that you want but don’t have.
Spend too long staring at how far away your goals are and you’ll be in danger of…
Project management is among a top skill to master in any business; especially one wanting to grow.
Because without project management, business owners will unnecessarily run into common issues:
You often get derailed by "the unexpected.”
You get interrupted an unexpected number of times daily. Those interruptions come at unexpected times. They each take an unexpected amount of time with which to deal.
That’s why it’s "the unexpected."
These interruptions kill your flow, destroy your focus, and force you to work on the urgent instead of the important.
So how do you deter, prevent, and deal with the problems these unexpected interruptions incur?
I was shocked, hurt, and felt like my idea had been stolen. Though I had the idea first, Nintendo would be the star. Nintendo would make $millions. It took years before I was old enough to recognize the important lesson in this experience...
Are you second-guessing your next great idea? Are you downplaying the value you could provide to others? Are you upset that you found a competitor in the market who seems to be offering everything you want to (and seems to be finding great success doing it)?
It might be time to step back and realize a few important things.
It was a three Advil and two Tylenol kind of morning.
I should have known it would be.
You can’t drink two beers, down three glasses of wine, eat four cake pops, go to bed five hours late, and expect to wake up at six am rearing to go.
At least I can’t.
No, when I woke this morning after a night of food-and-bedtime-debauchery, you could have told me…
The first time I watched my grade school friend, Brian, navigate his computer, I was awestruck.
Without touching the mouse, he was switching windows, selecting menu options, and “clicking” buttons on the keyboard, his fingers slamming keys like Mavis Beacon in a Red-Bull-induced typing competition 💻🏋️♀️😓.
I was shocked because I didn’t realize such speed and efficiency was possible.
Watching him, a master, was transformative.
You can’t always be productive.⠀
Some days you crush it. Other days you feel like moving to Australia.
I’ve seen a lot of Instagrammers make it look and sound like every day can be your best day.
It’s a lie.
Some days you wake up with a headache. Some days you miss your workout. Some days travel throws you off your routine, forcing you to eat crap food and providing no time to settle into deep, focused work.
Don’t let it get you down. Don’t let it kill your motivation.
Productivity ebbs and flows. From day to day. From month to month.
Flow with it.
Play some upbeat music.
Call a friend or family member.
Write down what you’re grateful for.
Get your blood moving with some light exercise.
Do something nice for someone else, no strings attached.
Write down what’s bothering or stalling you, and what you can do to fix it.
Relax, read a book, play a video game. Set a timer so you don’t feel guilty.
Strike out everything on your todo list except one thing you know you can knock out under the circumstances.
Any one of these ideas is better than stewing in guilt, and just might kick you back into gear.
If all else fails, don’t worry, and don’t beat yourself up. If you’ve built a plan for tomorrow and a system for your week, your month, and your year, you can sit the bench today. You’re already set for balanced, productive success for the long haul.
While you’re at it, keep in mind the words of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst:
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