It’s not about looking busy, spending a lot of time in the office, or getting ‘caught’ taking breaks. It’s about the impact our decisions produce.
Despite big expectations placed on us, we tend to blindly spend time, money, and other resources. We’re even proud of the busy work despite failing to check if they ultimately lead to our desired results.
The Industrial Age trained us to be merely busy. There are new rules that fit the 21st Century’s more complex needs for Knowledge Workers like you.
Without a clear finish line, you don’t know where you’re going and how fast you should be running. Start by composing a statement that will best describe today your success criteria and the deadline. These are practical metrics that are inspired by your larger mission.
Don’t allow this day to end without clarifying what you want.
Break down the goal into high-impact actions that you’d actually do. Compose bite-sized targets using the S.M.A.R.T. criteria: Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time-bound. These are typically “lead measures” (instead of lag measures), actionable things that we do to affect the “lag measures.”
After mapping your way to success, put yourself in the best position to carry this out. This is done with constant accountability checks and surrounding yourself with inspiring people and things. Explore creative ways to put yourself in serendipity, as the best inspirations can be counterintuitive.