I made this sign a while back and I have it hanging on the wall right above my monitor. It is front of me – eye level – whenever I am working in my office. I stare it while I am working. I’m staring at it right now. Since I am aware that in my business model, these are the core things I have to do in order to keep growing my business, how come this is the first post I’ve written on this blog in a little over two weeks?
How come I’ve only had one cup of Starbucks’ Green tea in the last 10 days? How come that other than a flurry of Tweets over the last few days, have I pretty much been invisible on Twitter for some time?
Oh I have a good answer – one that allows me not to feel guilty. I have too much to do! Between working on actual paying projects, working intensely on some long-term marketing stuff and a plethora of family things to get done, I simply haven’t had time to work on my sphere of influence communication.
If a coaching client told me those were his reasons for ignoring these basic yet vital activities, I suspect he’d see my dark side. I’d tell him that there are only two solutions, based on the truth of his excuses. The first is acknowledging that he’s full of crap. The second is that he needs someone to delegate stuff to. In either case – whether or not he really can’t get to everything, the situation is simply not acceptable. The core activities are the only activities that will allow him to have continued, long-term success. I would tell him that he needs first to be honest with himself and with me or I would be unable to help him.
Here’s the truth in my situation. I simply have fallen off the wagon. I am not sticking to the time and task management system I have embraced and have been following for about 10 years.
There are lots of systems – the one that works best for someone is the one that they will use. I have been a devotee of GTD by David Allen. When I stick to his principles I always manage to accomplish more. If you haven’t read his book, Getting Things Done, I have it listed on my fledgling reading list.
So I’m re-reading the book weekend and hopefully I’ll be back on the wagon on Monday. It’s already working, just by committing to read the book. I did just write this blog post.