Focusing on the Basics
Every now and then most of us get a bit out of sync, sometimes for reasons beyond our control. Being out of sync can distract us from the basics, regardless of our roles.
So the question is how do I get back in sync or, maybe more importantly, how can I minimize getting out of sync. We know a couple quick google searches will get quick resources for specifics on what you may be looking for.
Quiet Planning time
Two key principles from Steven Covey, author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” to consider are “Be Proactive” and “Sharpen the Saw”. Being Proactive here refers to how one should work from their center of influence; the circle of people who you know and can help improve, and to constantly work to expand it. Sharpening the Saw is a turn of phrase Covey uses to describe how it’s not just enough to work for yourself and to work with others; in order to continually improve yourself and your goals you need to focus on balancing and renewing your own resources. Scheduling out quiet time on a regular basis- weekly, monthly, or even quarterly, can help you practice these principles.
Quiet time is a good way to get consistent, review your goals, and re-sync yourself. And to quote the movie Karate Kid – “Focus Daniel-san”. Make time for yourself, and you may just get back on track.