Posted by: David D. Daggett | February 1, 2010

A Bit Busy

A Bit Busy

      How busy are our lives? How do we handle our multiple tasks and goals? Being busy is part of living the multi-sport lifestyle – there is no way around that. The question is how do we deal with the busyness and manage our lives well.

We opened our new law firm this past week in a very short period of time and with very little notice. We learned a lot about a new level of busy. In this short period of time we put in a phone system, a complete computer network, furniture, up fitting, and at least a million other things including paper clips. We also all discovered or reconfirmed that busy can also correlate with a high level of satisfaction.

So, how do we handle busy in our daily lives, or handle the busiest times in our lives? We can be successful, happy, and satisfied even at our busiest. A secret is to be able to keep focused on the immediate task at hand. That means we need a goal that we are shooting for and a plan on how to get there.

In business, like training for an endurance event and like the other aspects of our lives, we need a plan. The principles we discuss can and should be applied to each of the aspects of The Four Anchors.

All plans need a vision in order to be successful. The vision is what guides us, directs us, and helps us in the decision-making along the way.

The vision needs to be clear. The vision becomes our expectation, and the law of expectation and belief says that we have to clearly visualize our goal if it is to be achieved. The vision needs to be honed, shaped, and molded until it becomes clear so that it can serve as the beacon to guide us along the way.

Once the vision is clear we can then use it to keep us on track. The vision keeps us focused, and corrects us when we stray. All of the difficult decisions and tasks become much easier because we know where we are going and what needs to be accomplished.

The vision needs to be shared with all of the stakeholders or members of an organization in order to be supported. The clarity of the vision needs to be communicated in a very simple concise message. That message then needs to be frequently repeated in order to keep everyone on task and focused on the goals of the whole.

In the coming weeks we will discuss how we support our vision. The vision needs to be supported with sound strategies for success. The strategies then need solid, consistent execution by everyone all the time. The team needs to fully support and commit to the vision and pledge to take the necessary steps to get there.

At the times when we are the busiest we need to make sure our vision is the most clear in order to keep us on track. The vision turns “busy” into both fun and success.

Staying busy,

David

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Responses

  1. I was interested in the Daring to Soar part. When you first told me about the change in firms and you were not sure about Safe Sober Prom Night, the first alternative that came to my mind was something to incorporate all of high school and the word SOAR. I haven’t come up with a full acronym, but success, safe, or sober for S; outstanding for O, academic or academics for A, and rigor/rigorous, reaching or something for R.

    Just thought I would share a thought that had been floating around in my head.


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