Oct 1st, 2013
Author: alex kuhn
Last week, I was having lunch with a good friend of mine who is running a business, has two kids who play sports, and volunteers for organizations such as the United Way. While we were talking, I asked him how we was able to accomplish so much each day, despite having so much on his plate. His response was short, yet, so powerful; “I stop putting every fire out.”
No question most of us are trying to “Get more done”…”Find more time”…”Become more efficient”. Time is our most precious asset and it’s not only important, but necessary we use it to the best of our abilities. Typically, the problem is not establishing daily tasks and goals. Most people understand they need to start each day by writing the tasks they wish to complete. If you aren’t writing down your daily goals already, that is a great place to start! But if you are still feeling overwhelmed and not accomplishing what you set out to finish, then I have a simple question for you…
Are you putting out FIRES or swimming your OCEAN?
OCEAN – When you are swimming your ocean, you completing tasks that will help you reach your goals. You are exploring and taking advantage of opportunities to grow. You are impervious to to the unimportant details of the day that come up. Some describe you as focused, a rockstar, a person one can count on.
FIRES – When you are putting out fires, there always seems to be unexpected interruptions that arise. You can’t find the time to finish the tasks that will help you reach your goals.. Whether it’s your friends, co-workers, social media, or that “important” phone call, it always seems to get in the way. Some describe you as busy.
There is no day, week, month, or year, where interruptions do not occur. The video below is a great way for you to determine if you should take care of the fire or stay focused on the ocean. More often than not…choose the OCEAN.