Work habits can trap us if we’re lazy. Saying “Well, that’s another one down,” can seduce us. Of course relying on a few good work habits can streamline our efforts, but we’re wrong to feel productive if we pursue easy tasks, instead of important goals.
Our first responsibility is to focus on what’s important. Not on what’s easy, or what Steven Covey calls “urgent trivialities”. We benefit when one of our work habits is to frequently re-examine our regular work habits.
Here is why I am thinking about this. Yesterday I mentioned to a friend that I just had an opportunity to re-assemble my life. What an optimistic perspective – seeing a problem as a blessing! Not to mention being over-dramatic, huh?
What happened? Earlier this week my Macintosh suffered a hard drive malfunction. Now as I gradually recover pieces of my data, I’m finding myself asking over and over, “Now, why am I doing THIS?”
This “re-assembling” process is a revelation and a relief. I’m examining my work habits as I continue to unburden my day-to-day life. For example, I find I am no longer interested in giving another minute to regularly reading THESE newsletters or THOSE blogs, updating THESE accounts or subscribing to THOSE services.
And e-mail — what a distraction that can be! Worst thing is starting the day reading the latest emails.
You may say this re-prioritizing is a brutal way to remember to put first things first, but I’m grateful for the opportunity.
To mention one example, I use social media to market my band for weddings and parties. Here we are entertaining at a recent party to benefit the AIDS Lifecycle Fundraiser. Amy Dabalos is singing a few tunes with us. Thanks for the photos, Jo-Lynn Otto.
Every day you’ll find me all over social media like this blog you’re reading, as well as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube, and all the rest. The fascinating online world continues to grow more interesting every week. And I am always tempted to let the tail wag the dog, as they say.
However, re-assembling my life helps me keep the ends the ends, and the means the means.
If YOU don’t re-examine your own work habits regularly, I recommend you develop this one work habit right away. Don’t wait for your computer to crash. It will, I promise. Just back up your data, and be ready.
How about you? Your own work habits keep you busy, whatever you do. Do you examine them regularly? And when disaster strikes, will you be ready to re-assemble your life?
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