You'll have dreams, of course. Of businesses, relationships, travel and beautiful custom-built fixies. But dreams attract drag. You'll create drag by deciding far too early that they are not achievable. A dream expressed to a friend, lover or member of the family is a dream often squashed and laden with drag. Dreams do cause hope and excitement but like much in life they come accompanied with a dark side: a side which dashes, which sprays cynicism and multiplies objections.
So what's to be done with drag? Ask any engineer of a new car project: streamline your project. Keep it under wraps until the last minute. Stay nimble and keep the project team small. Keep to the essentials, tell the fewest number of people possible. Get precise, get real and minimise drag: a little is needed to keep you grounded. But too much and you'll never take off.
(25) ensure you know the answers to the seven crunch questions:
How do I decide priorities? If a decision is not made on this then the likely prioritiser will be 'work, urgent'. This seems a natural thing to do until you realise it neglects say long-term strategy and one's personal health.
How do you stay proactive rather than just reactive? The ping of e-mail and the pull of the social media interface can encourage a 'just-about-keeping-up' feeling. How do you stop, think and make choices based upon your true priorities (see 1).
How do you anticipate? How do you avoid being caught out by the conference which is suddenly next week or by competitive activity which must have been happening for months?
How do you prepare big/chunky/daunting tasks for preparation?Small, easy tasks do get done. Cups of coffee do get made. But the new expenses policy is not getting written. How does any task become brain and time friendly?
How do you get the best of your greatest asset, thinking time?