The first step to greater clarity for you and improvement as a leader is being truthful to yourself.
So many people I meet have challenges with their own personal effectiveness and they’re not getting the stuff done they need to on a daily basis that will lead to them being successful in their role.
If you really want to change you’ve got to be truthful to yourself that you’re not getting the things done that you really want to get done.
What I’m going to do today is share a single secret that gets you from not working on the things you need to be working on to getting clear and focussed and more energy for the future. Talk to you in a minute.
So here’s the thing right, all of us are busy. You’re busy, I’m busy, there are things to be done.
So often we use busy-ness as an excuse for effectiveness. If you use busy-ness as an excuse for effectiveness and you feel like you’re busy and exhausted, but you’re not really getting the most important things done, I’ve got a simple technique… it isn’t new, but I think we need reminding of it. And this is the technique…
So many of us are BUSY in the present, but we’re not actually working on the things that create the future we want.
Here’s the technique: If you find yourself busy but not working on the most important things, think to yourself “In 12 months time, what are the most important goals that I want to achieve?”
What are your most important goals? I did an earlier blog around the ideal planning horizon and this very much links to that…
But this is now you as an individual leader: think about your own 12 month results, and look at your calendar. How many of the things that you are working on on a weekly, a monthly and a quarterly basis, align with those goals? And if you find there are not a lot, then you’re probably busy but not effective.
So today what I’ve talked about is this concept of busy-ness vs. effectiveness. If you find yourself busy but not being very effective – STOP – think about what are actually the most important goals you want to achieve in 12 months time, and check that on a quarterly, monthly and weekly basis the things that you are working on align with those goals.
What I’ve included down below is a simple template for you to be able to do that for yourself. I use this in coaching with leaders all the time.
When you apply this template to your work, what I want you to do is leave me a comment down below – what changes has it meant for you in terms of your focus and your energy?
Good luck, talk to you soon on The Reason & The Road. Cheers.