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Have you ever come to the end of your workday, or even a workweek, and asked yourself, “What did I accomplish?” You certainly did not have a highly productive day.
You know you showed up, went to meetings, worked hard, but somehow, sometimes, wonder if you really accomplished much.
You are not alone.
The good news is that there is something you can do about it.
Picture - Mind - Stephen - Covey - Start
It’s always important to start with the big picture in mind. Or as Stephen Covey has said, “Start with the end in mind.” If you don’t know where you’re headed or where you want to go, you will likely arrive somewhere else. Somewhere you don’t want to be.
At some point, however, you live out those big-picture goals based on very practical plans, one day at a time.
Questions - Surface - Discipline - Reasons - Number
Admittedly, the five questions are relatively simple on the surface, but underneath they are complex, and the discipline to execute daily is not so easy. That’s one of the reasons that question number five is so important. We’ll get to that.
Before the questions, let me briefly cover three things that block highly productive days.
Source - Distraction - Anything - Media - Things
The source of distraction is internal. That means it’s from within you. It can be anything from social media to doing the things that you like to do rather than the things that are required of you. The remedy is learning to focus and focus in particular on what is important.
The source of disruption is external. Disruption comes from others around you. Being disrupted from your focused work is part of life and leadership. It’s going to happen. Your ability to handle it with poise and firm resolve enables you to greatly increase your productivity. The remedy is learning to gracefully say no, postpone the request or handle something important quickly.
Source - Direction
The source of direction must be unified. You may...
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