I’M OBSESSED: with Productivity
The reason I obsess about productivity is because, well, I’m just not that good at it—not naturally at least.
Maybe it’s my dyslexia or maybe I’ve just built some bad habits. The point is, in prior years, I was never really happy with the rate in which I delivered final products. I knew I had no excuses, but I also knew I wanted to create more.
Over the past few years, in order to make a greater impact on others, I had to institute some principals in my life to help expedite my ability to, as Seth Godin would say, “ship.” I had to literally hijack my natural inclinations so I could build new habits into my life.
NEW HABIT: Panic in The Beginning
PANIC IN THE BEGINNING is the practice of panicking at the front end of a project instead of at the end of a project. Most people (including my prior, and sometimes present, self) are rushing at the last hour, generally, because something was not thought through at the very beginning of the project.
Will there be unexpected issues at the end of the project if you PANIC IN THE BEGINNING?
Of course there will be (we can’t foresee everything) but if you can mitigate the amount of crap that can happen near the ship date of a project, then you can give more attention to creating something that will make a great impact.
So for the love of golly, allow yourself to panic, just do it early on!
Panicking Productively For You,
Michael Ian Cedar is a Leadership Coach at EngagedLeadership