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Making the most out of today – at the last minute

It’s early in the morning and I’m on my way to work. Already issues are looming; I’m expecting a crazy runaway day. Sound familiar?

What can we do to salvage something, to make some real progress rather than spending the day being reactive?

Here’s my plan:
1 Take control. Spend the first 5 minutes at work making a plan for the day. This will result in a prioritised todo list.
2 Book time in my calendar to action at least one of the top non-reactive tasks.
3 Look to address the underlying causes of reactive problems rather than simply getting things going again. I’m sure there’s a saying about that – a stitch in time… Even if today is not fun, this way it won’t happen again!
4 Apply relentless optimism. It makes the toughest of days more fun and combined with Never ever giving up it helps achieve the best possible outcome.

Got any tips? I’d love to hear them.

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3 Responses to “Making the most out of today – at the last minute” »

  1. Stephen Jackel Stephen Jackel Says:

    So how did it all turn out? Mixed bag, some good and some less good. However, I did get a few strategic wins on the board all thanks to the planning and designated time blocked out.

    The relentless optimism was put to the test when the coffee machine was found to be broken but I recovered and the positive attitude served me well.

    One last insight is that being honest and up front with stakeholders during difficult periods is an effective way to manage their expectations and to keep everyone positive about reaching a good outcome.

  2. paulc Says:

    > Apply relentless optimism.
    That is my Modus operandi… well, that and creating a todo list every day. :-)

  3. Greg Says:

    When you’re leading a team no person in that group wants a death march. You’re so right regarding how optimism gives even the worst situation the chance of success. When you give up you’ve already failed.

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