… anything more than one is fantastic, but why settle for one, or for three?
Thursday May 29, 2014
Three (3) things yesterday:
I did something smart. It worked out better than I expected.
I did something risky/scary. It worked out better than expected.
I did something that didn’t matter much that worked out well too.
Many typical calls, e-mails, meetings, reading, correspondence – planning, execution, doing more than brainstorming, trusting process, following proven habits, best ways I know, hoping for best results.
Hoping isn’t enough, or is it?
Important things require/deserve higher energy, intense concentration, right?
“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together” – Vincent Van Gogh
Today, should repeat – pick three (3) things only, get them to work out better than expected. Hah! … I counted – in my follow up drawer (14), to-do list (7), files spread on office floor (11) – and this work day hasn’t started yet …
For everyone stressed with work-load, pick a day when you have a three (3) hour meeting that will, including travel and side-errands, take five (5) hours from your day. Cancel, opt-out or send regrets.
I made that decision at 6:00AM today, sent my regrets.
Yes, attending could have been very important, I might have met someone there who would change my life. Every encounter/exchange offers that. Yes, important, or at least desirable to be there, but not critical.
Now I have five hours added productivity today.
Maybe I can pick today’s ideal three (3). There is a better chance – with 34 things to do, that more than 3 will work out great today.
What are you working on?
Pick three (3).
Give them all you’ve got.
column written/ published from Calgary
morning walk: 5C/41F, overcast with one bare patch, rain overnight – chilly north breeze, everything soggy, including Gusta who looked like a fur coat dragged through a puddle – invigorating, refreshing …
Good Morning Mark – I find this to be a power-muse this morning. I feel sorry for the person you commented on. Having a game of negative Ping-Pong going on in one’s head is never fun (ask me, I know!). That said, a person living in a glass house should never throw the first stone… Glad you are doing well, MK, Calgary, AB …. p.s.: I have encouraged a friend of mine to sign up for your daily message. I think he, like the many of us, will benefit from your thoughts. Thank you many times over for your dedication