Thursday, April 30, 2015

Busy vs Effective

It's frustrating to get lost in the tyrannical distraction of NOW. Quickly one is lost to simple, mindless reaction, weaving to and fro, accomplishing little to nothing; even though the day was full, laden with busy. The result of losing focus.

When priorities get lost by attending too much to the blizzard of demand, emptiness wins. We're active, yet no progress made since "what matters" was left undone.

One must slow down, consider the value of each task before you act. At least get the priority work done first, the stuff that moves you forward. Even better, more powerful; learn the value of "no". Decline to take energy away from your priorities. Doing more by doing less. Focus your energy for energy isn't limitless.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Resisting Resistance

Sometimes inertia is massive. My resistance to motion, to change puzzles me. This illogical opposition towards bettering my circumstances annoys me. My frustration with myself, ironically, impedes my ability to resist resistance's drag. The more anger, the more stuckness. Moments like this drive home that we are not logic driven brings. Emotion's power: mammoth and dominant.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Blog Names and Changes

Last week I was listening to John Richards of KEXP interview Brett Morgen, creator of Montage of Heck, the new movie about Kurt Cobain. There was a line which struck me: "are you prepared for luck?"

Powerful words. I want to incorporate them deeply into my life. They capture a core belief: our ability to take control of our lives. That we are empowered to affect change, to have a positive impact on the world. I deeply believe luck is the intersection of opportunity and preparation. Thus, preparation is critical. It's what we control. It's how we bring change into being.

My challenge: to reach past my tendency to fret and worry, focusing instead on preparing for opportunity. To see the potential in life and continuously grow towards that light. Hence, the new name.

Puzzling about busyness

It sure seems that I'm busier. Whether that's a perception or reality, I'm unsure. But the differentiation isn't important. The feeling is.

Many people I know feel like life is moving faster. A big piece of that, for me, are deadlines. More things are urgent. More people expect instantaneous response. It seems to take more effort to remind folks that 24 hour response times are not insulting.

I've noticed more articles by leaders who aren't checking email every few minutes. They're limiting their time on Twitter & Facebook. And they don't necessarily respond instantly to texts or voicemail. This is how the high producers are responding to what I'm feeling. There's something in there for me, and us all, too.

Our society needs to back away from demanding instantaneous response. It's unrealistic and corrosive. Respect for others needs to return to being a paramount virtue. That's healthy for both sides of these issues; for us all.

Monday, April 27, 2015

A Few Of My Favorite Gmail Tricks

One of my morning tasks: sorting email. Yeah, the same as zillions of other earthlings. My team are Gmail users, so here's a quick trick I use to speed up my morning. Plug the following into the search bar: in:inbox has:nouserlabels.

This pulls up everything that's not been labeled yet. I use labels to help prioritize. Plus, one everything is labeled, it's easy to pull up the whole thread and then archive the redundant messages. I prefer getting all the responses together in one email. Trying to minimize data scatter.  Another one I use: in:inbox is:unread. Pulls up all your unread messages. Of secondary value to the first, though.

I check my spam folder >= daily, but I don't scroll down to the spam tag. In the same box, just type "in:spam", and it pops up fast.