At the start of a busy week, I am reminded of something that Ron Heiftz, Alexander Grashow, and Marty Linsky wrote in their book, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World (Harvard Business Press, 2009): “Taking on adaptive challenges is difficult and dangerous work. The only reason we can imagine you would want to do this kind of work is to serve purposes that matter to you deeply.”
However, busy days can be filled with endless hours of details and minutia that may or may not be very important. Between the e-mail and the voice mail plus the text messages, the thought of serving purposes that really matter may slip by and be forgotten. Therefore, I suggest we all stop in the midst of our busyness and refocus on purpose.
- What are you doing with your time this week that connects you to what you value?
- What are the top three issues which you feel are most important to you this week?
- How are you making sure these priorities are not lost in the day to day shuffle?
- What is one thing you can do on a daily basis to make sure you reconnect to purpose?
This week, do not let that which is most important to you get overwhelmed by that which is least important to you.