BY BOB SHENEFELT
Nearly every day I take a few minutes to check in, to see where my head is at, and to see where my heart is at. I check in deep, I breathe, I see what bubbles to the surface around what matters most to me, today. Then I take a few minutes to think about my top three action items. We have had great conversations about why only three? What kind of action items? How does one prioritize three out of the 50 to 100 things I need to get done today? The shift for me has been to look at those top three as the important things. Not necessarily urgent, but things that have been on my mind, on my to do list that may take a little while, may take a little thought. I really want the results to be good, so I'll put it off until I have more time, and yet these are important things.
So as I list my top three, I choose those that are often the important, but not necessarily urgent,” to-do's”. I've got 100 to-do's that I can do today. If I knock out these three, I've had a great day. I've accomplished some big stuff that may have been sitting there for a while. It gives me confidence and inspires me to knock out more important things. And a cool by-product of this process is, early in the day I feel satisfied and successful, because I only have to get three things done. And, when I get those three things done, the rest of the day is a bonus. I can take the day off, I can go play with my kids, I can do my to-do's, I can go call clients, I can go sit with my employees. It's all gravy at that point. I've found that once I have that sense of accomplishment, I am much more present in the situation to be aware of what's happening. I’m more aware of the little “ah-ha's”, the little synchronicities, the things a client may say, someone who may pop into my head. Often when a person pops into our head, there's a reason for it, even if they're just sending a quick text to say thinking of you. Make that connection…don’t let the opportunity pass.
The 331 is so simple yet has transformed my growth.
I'm Bob Shenefelt
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