Sometimes, the most productive thing we can do in the next 15-20 minutes – is no thing.
These three “Rees” (Re-creating, Reading, Reflecting) can work wonders for your body, mind, and spirit.
A few other 15-20 minute exercise that can prove profitable:
Make sure the most productive thing you’re doing is also profitable in the long run. Active isn’t always Productive.
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One of the most frequently asked questions that come in from the SmallBiz Tracks Daily Podcast “Ask” page is something along the lines of:
Sometimes, this question opens up to a larger question, such as: “I’ve just started my own business after years in the corporate world. What do I do next?”
Many times, it goes along with something like: “I have so much to do, it seems like I’ll never get all of this done. What should I do first?”
Of course, there is no single right answer for everyone. However, if you know what’s most important to you and your business, the answer can become clear with a simple trigger question.
Define What’s Most Important
If you have a mission statement, mantra, or manifesto – you have hopefully outlined what’s most important in building your business.
For a landscaper, it may be to increase the value of the customer’s property by enhancing the visible views in every part of the property. For a real estate agent, it might be to place each customer in a home that has multiple “oohs” for each person and a blanket of “aahs” to comfort and secure a loving home.
In my own business, I help business owners build a better business presence, keeping them from reaching overwhelm.
There are three parts to that statement
Knowing those three things, it becomes easy for me to know what to do next in project work, platform work, or planning our work.
A Simple Trigger Question
If I come to a crossroads or fend off a sigh wondering what’s next, I ask this simple trigger question:
Often, that question compels forward movement and continual motion. It helps me manage my daily to-do list and others who make it a practice asking this simple trigger question have been able to avoid overwhelm.
To much to do? Just getting started? Take the very next step. What is it? The most productive thing you can do for the next 10-20 minutes.
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The Giants and Royals are about to meet in the 2014 World Series. Neither team won its division. Neither team won 90 games. Some are calling it the worst matchup in history.
No matter what others call it, these two teams did whatever it took to get here – one step away from being World Champions. It’s a big title. It took a lot of small wins to get this close. Baseball is a game where small wins add up to big victories. Moving a runner over and into scoring position is a small win. Enough innings with crooked numbers on the score board is going to result in wins. Over 162 game season, everyone wins 50 and loses 50. It’s what you do with the other 62 that really count. Put together enough small wins, and you could find yourself in position to gain the biggest victory.
There are many business and life lessons in the movies. I collect them on a YouTube Playlist: Movie Scenes. One of my favorite scenes is from the movie Stand By Me, and not just because of the railroad tracks as a prop. The scene where the boys decide to walk the train tracks across the river:
This pivotal scene shows a brazen attitude and penchant for shortcuts by Teddy. It also shows the supportive and aware mind of Gordie. As the boys cross, taking small steps across the tracks, we notice chubby Vern taking each track carefully on all fours. Safe, right?
Vern is disappointed at losing the one thing of unique value he brought on the trip – his comb. It fell through the cracks, even in Vern’s attempt at being super-careful. Then, Gordie hears it, sees it – TRAIN!
As the boys start running at this change of events – Vern tries to take too many steps at once and trips. Then he freezes – overwhelmed. Gordie coaches and coaxes him back to his feet. With short, quick steps – they try to get to the other side of the bridge before being run over by the locomotive.
Among the lessons or mantras here:
Remember this scene when you face changes or large opposition in reaching your goals.