Somewhere at some point, one or more of those magical balls that you have flying through the air are gonna come down with a resounding thud!
I confess I’m a class “A” control freak (if there is such a thing), so I know how it is to want to keep a tight rein on things, how it’s easier to do things yourself than to explain to others the nuances of how things should be done in your own little perfect world.
Yada yada yada…whatever bullshit excuses you feed yourself, I’ve probably used them all too.
It’s A Farce!
It keeps you locked into a particular kind of behaviour that will stifle your success. We can’t possibly be the best person for everything in our business, we need to know our specific work strengths.
Dave Allen said “We can do anything…but we can’t do everything” – tweet that!
So why do we continually ignore our instincts and plod on with doing work that does not do a damn thing to inspire creativity or continue to do things that belong in that “I really must do that…but don’t really want to” pile?
Have you ever thought to question what impact looping through that behavior or self talk has on your ability to reach your goals?
We often don’t see the forest for the trees, nor do we like to reconcile where our time is allocated. But that’s exactly what you need to do to know your work strengths.
You can’t change or improve what you don’t know or acknowledge – tweet that!
Dig In & Take Action
Its time to get down and dirty on your workload and see exactly where you’re spending your time and how you feel about those tasks on your to do list.
You can grab a notebook and keep a journal of your daily events, but this can be hard to filter and analyze once you get a fair amount of data in it.
So to make it easier for you I’ve created a worklog spreadsheet to track your daily routine.
Once you’ve been using it for a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to filter the information to get at the heart of what rocks your world..and what doesn’t.
You’ll be able to see where you’re spending the most time and assess if that’s translating to the bottom line of your business. See what tasks make you feel super focused, (yep…you probably should be doing more of those), and most importantly how you feel while you’re doing all those things that you do.
We all have those days when we’re just not feelin it, don’t we?….. Well maybe that behavior is more common that you think. The worklog will help to uncover patterns that you hadn’t recognized….uh huh, that’ll be that forrest for the trees thing So no more excuses right?
Your Three Buckets
In the end, everything will fit into one of three buckets.
- Stop Doing Altogether
- Hand Off To Someone Else
- Start Doing More Of
Only you can decide on what fits where.
We each have our own special work strengths, you’d be doing yourself a huge disservice if you’re not spending the majority of your time in that space of your own special genius.
So if you’d like your own copy of this handy dandy worklog spreadsheet and rock your work world a little harder, it will be going out to all subscribers in next Monday’s (July 16th 2012) edition of TRAction (my weekly newsletter).
Sign up below before midnight Sunday to get your copy, and make sure to share this with your social world too!