October 21, 2017

When you’ve got going, should you keep going?

Balancing a baseball batOne thing writing teaches you is, when you get going, keep going. When you’ve overcome your own inertia, keep that boulder moving. Lots of other things are like that too.

But what about planning and prioritising? Don’t we need to stop and assess our direction or switch to another, now more pressing task? Well, maybe. On the whole, I think we’re better to stay productive until we’ve covered some ground and really have run out of steam on that particular task.

Yes, we need to guard against applying lots of effort to the wrong objective.

But the thing is…

Provided we made a reasonably sensible selection of our tasks in the first place, we do need to do them all in the end anyway.

We’re inclined to think that a low urgency, low importance task can always be put to the bottom of the list, over and over again. Not so. It’ll have to be done in the end.

So prioritising might be over-rated.

Having effective flow might be more important. Prioritising isn’t that helpful if you have to get everything done anyway.

Who benefits from your questions: You or the person you ask?

Family sitting outdoorsIn conversation, we commonly think the quality of a question is judged by the information gained and its usefulness to the questioner.

But maybe that isn’t right…

Perhaps the quality of a question really depends on how the person of whom it is asked works with the question and its usefulness to them; how well it sets them off on a journey of exploration.

That might benefit us more, funnily enough.

It helps us if we focus on the other person and how we can serve them. Then things flow. This is true with colleagues, customers, suppliers, bosses, subordinates and, of course, with family and friends.

A seasonal thought perhaps…

Make it about them.

If you’re taking a break over the next couple of weeks, have a good one. Thank you for your support and interest this year and best wishes for 2013.