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Work On The Right Things

December 10th, 2014

Many of you know I have tried to blog every work day since I started this blog, almost nine years ago.  That makes for a lot of blog posts over the years!

I got to the point where I couldn’t really focus on anything until I had my blog post written.  Many of them are from the heart.  Many of them share what others might consider “secrets” of a successful job hunt.

In the last couple of years I’ve missed a day here, and even a week there.  I started to miss consistently. I would usually miss if (a) I was on the road, or (b) I was working on a heavy deadline. The way I dealt with travel or deadlines before was to write a blog post before the big event, and then schedule it to post on the right day.  Not too hard.

I finally realized, though, that writing blog posts was not my primary business. Of course, I always knew that, but I was letting that become Priority Numero Uno…. and neglecting other things I needed to take care of.

I wonder if you are doing the same thing.

There are some things that we gravitate towards… things that are comfortable, or fun, or easy.  But those things might not be the right things to spend our time on.

I invite you to make a list of the important things to work on, and the things you are working on, and see if they are the same things.  Otherwise, adjust your time and priorities. Don’t spend time on things that will get you no return.

One of the things I love about Mark LeBlanc’s stuff is he says to work on three High Value Activities each day.  Consistently doing that is a super high priority.  Are you working on any high value activities each day?

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2 responses to “Work On The Right Things”

  1. You’re so right, Jason.

    The other day I was feeling a bit blah and burnt out. So I asked myself: “How can I make today a day that I can be excited about, that’s deeply satisfying?”

    The first thing I thought of was: Get around to some of those Important-But-Not-Urgent items, like setting up structures to make sure I’m really *using* all the great techniques I learned in the most recent training I took. Or streamlining processes so I spend less time on administrivia.

    Then I start really making progress, and that’s exciting!

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