If we are being honest, there are times that I get stuck on 'putting out fires' mode. I bet you are familiar with the 'fire drill'. This is the time when you know you could work on the tasks that could bring in the highest return (time, money, impact) but instead you rush around like there is a fire to put out, dousing the flames with endless checklists, completing other people's tasks, and quick action.
I have absolutely been the fire fighter, even recently! It's a tough roll to shake off. The fires often seem so big and important!
What do I mean by 'flammable'?
Flammable businesses are ones where the Vision, Mission, Core Values, Time Management, Organization, Systems, Strengths, Connections and Focus are not in place. Every time you fortify one of these areas you make your business more fire proof.
I think the MOST critical piece though is having a clear vision. When you do, you immediately temper the flames because you can apply the vision to the emergency and determine if focusing your attention here will get you where you most desire to go.
It looks like turning away from the stuff that will give you immediate satisfaction (putting out flames) for the stuff that will prevent fires in the first place (business planning and development).
My fire suit
I am most susceptible to fires when I have not taken time to place and evaluate the tasks on my list to the vision I have created. The opposite is also true. If I want to move through my business 'fire proof' I take time every day to recenter around my vision and select the tasks that will get me there. It means saying 'no' to the tasks that may appear to be burning, when in fact they are just an optical illusion.
One of the best ways to do this is to select just one clear focus and take this to completion. Easier said than done (unless you check out the One Focus Program).
I challenge you today to take 5 minutes to write your vision and then select the one task that will allow you to create a part of it, today.
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Hi! I'm Nettie Owens, Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and Productivity Consultant.