Objects Are Starting To Look Shiny
At the beginning of this year, I decided to prioritize three activities every day:
Create something (Write, record a video, create a presentation)
If I make these activities part of my morning routine, I can finish them before anybody else has any expectations of me. We're talking about as little as 60-90 minutes a day.
I'm happy to say that this ritual is going strong. I can also tell you that I've lost some weight and finished a lot of reading.
I've started to recognize something though... I seem to be pretty focused on losing weight and the number of books I'm reading.
"Should I eat that?" "Am I reading long enough?” “Can I eek out a few more pages?”
Sometimes I’ve even found myself getting on the scale multiple times per day just to see what my progress is.
“What’s dinner worth on the scale?” “How much weight do I lose overnight?”
Some would call this an increased focus on results. I call it a distraction. Here's why...
Focusing on my calorie and word intake steers me away from the concepts and the process that got me to this point in the first place. When I take care of that morning routine, I don't have those tasks hanging over my head throughout the day, freeing me up to go through my schedule without any additional noise and distraction, and white space on my calendar becomes an opportunity. Walks get taken. That allows me the time to listen to an audiobook or a podcast and to think, which gives me great ideas to grow my business and build upon what I'm already doing. I've had some tremendous insights as a result of the headspace I created, and I look forward to taking a lot more walks.
My process enabled the results, the results themselves are just a distraction.
This logic seems counterproductive at first glance, especially to a control enthusiast such as myself. But when you get down to it, there are only so many things you can do first thing in the morning. You have to pick the most important ones. When you do, a funny thing happens. The noise gets eliminated. You then have the permission to tackle the other stuff.
New issues and initiatives undoubtedly regularly come up in your personal life and your business. You owe it to yourself to review these opportunities, but you must identify them for what they are. Are they worth changing your routines for? Do they present bona fide opportunities? Are you really ready to abort your current process already?
Or are they just shiny objects and distractions in disguise?
You put a lot of thought into your business plans for the year. Think twice (or more) before you change your KPI's and your path.