Are You Actively Doing Nothing?
My wife is a business leader who leads business leaders. She offers classes online and offline, retreats, seminars, and facilitates vendor events to help women entrepreneurs promote their products and services. Her organization is focused on helping these women leaders to "lead with less hustle and more grace." I once heard her say there are approximately 2 two types of women who join up with WRIGG. Those women who are actively doing something and those who are actively doing nothing—her words not mine.
I understand this phrase more than most. There are lots of people who are burning fuel but are not reaching the essential milestones to attain success. It's like being lost but continuing to drive full speed.
While using my GPS I'll "leave the planned route." The GPS offers me an opportunity to return to the route on my own or update the route considering my changes. This is what happens to Product Managers who've allowed every wind from customers and market experts to change their product instead of keeping to the strategy forged for success. But it also happens to all of us in our daily lives and that's what we'll focus on in this post.
We all are guilty of "actively doing nothing." We have plans or ideas that we just don't execute on. We'll do something else with our time instead of conquering those milestones. I'll provide you a great real life example. I want to publish my first book this year. I have 3 books finished on my PC right now that are in different phases of completion. They've been that way since last year!
Hey, you judgmental reader...I know I'm not alone here. Lots of us are filled to the brim with ideas, insights, and witty inventions and if it's not one thing getting in your way it's another. But I'm here to tell you; typically the biggest obstacle is the person looking back at you in the mirror. Now why you don't achieve could be because you don't have a planned route or the milestones laid out or the techniques and tactics in place to attain. We'll fix that with this article.
3 Quick Fixes to Move the Needle toward Success!
Time Box Your Way to Completion
You have to know how your mind works in order to effectively use timeboxes. A timebox is simply an allocation of time you choose to do nothing but what you've put your mind to accomplish. You might not be the type of person who can just sit in front of a screen and bang out a huge project with no end in sight. That's great; just decide to dedicate 20 minutes to the task at hand. Then schedule yourself this timebox of 20 minutes for that task every day or every couple of days.
I know when my creative juices are flowing and so I'll tee up article headlines and interesting quotes, (i.e. "actively doing nothing") by putting the cool quote or idea in my Trello and then when my time box comes at 9 PM to write articles or work on books I'm writing, I'll log in and see which one of those interesting topics is pulling me in.
Sometimes I need to cut out the temptation of browsing the web all night instead of focusing on writing so I keep a list of topics in my Notepad++ and type away without even touching the internets...like I did for this article. :)
Timeboxes are the busy person's or easily distracted person's best friend. You only have so many hours in the day and night and it's so easy to just do what's happening right now. To watch one show and then 4 hours later forget what you even turned on the TV for. Be intentional with your time and watch your success gradually creep closer to you.
Put Your Money Where Your Desire Is
There is a cool saying, "Your heart will be where your treasure is." I do an experiment with people I coach. I have them review their bank statements and tell me their highest group of expenses outside of rent, groceries, and gas. Typically I'll find out what they prefer to do with their money. Show me where your money is going and I'll show you where your heart is. Some of us have a heart for McDonald's. Some of us a heart for cigarettes, some a heart for mindless Amazon Prime shopping. Really who can resists 2-Day free shipping?
It's important to start investing in yourself. Believe in yourself enough to put up the money to fuel your dreams. If you're not going to put money in what you are building to offer why expects anyone else to?
As you add your dreams to the budget push yourself to get that business financially independent as quickly as possible.
Bring In the Circle
This is where my wife's organization finds it true value in my opinion. She creates these circles of partners and supports who encourage each other and push each other toward their respective goals. They are sounding boards for one another and build each other up when they each run into the snafus of life. They are quick to call on one another and check in or offer a listening ear and since they are all entrepreneurs and business minded women they can uniquely identify with and empathize with one another's particular issues.
You need to find a circle of support while you're grinding and burning the midnight oil and asking yourself why you're busy driving hard toward a goal that seems so far away. You might just need someone to cry with, laugh with, and not get a judgmental gaze or snide remark. Circles sound nice...wouldn't you like have one?
Would you like to publish that book this year? How much time have you set aside a week to write and edit? How much money have you put aside for promotion? This is the issue my wife runs into when coaching the women who are actively doing nothing. They get super busy and super excited doing everything but the thing they said they wanted to accomplish.
I don't want the other half of 2017 to be like that. Look out for my first book this year—even if it's small! I don't want your latter half of 2017 to be like that. I'm looking out for the super awesome solution, book, e-course, platform, etc. you're bringing to market this year, this quarter, and this week!
Thank you so much for reading a bit of encouragement today. I certainly hope you have a chance to check out some of the wonderful things that WRIGG is out there doing. What are some things you do to ensure you're not actively doing anything?
Husband, Dad, Writer, Ex-Pastor, Product Manager, & Nerd