In his text, he speaks about a zero day being a day in which you didn’t make an effort to advance your personal goals (paraphrased). If you find yourself at 11:55 PM one night, not having done anything you’d qualify as advancing a goal, then get it done.
For me, I keep an eye on my email throughout the day but try very, very hard to be disciplined in terms of not responding immediately unless the email warrants doing so. Otherwise, I set aside time in the AM and PM to respond, file, schedule tasks that result from the email throughout the day.
I’ve previously blogged about the need of businesses to evaluate their strategies as a function of thermodynamics:
The short answer is that a business that does not engage in the continual evaluation of their operations becomes isolated from their competition. Their entropy increases.
I’ve also discussed this as a function of the evolution of a business in a competitive marketplace.
What got you there will not keep you there.
Today, I’d expand that line of thought by citing Anthony Giddens, a sociologist, and a particular thought on structures:
Structures do not determine outcomes, but define the potential range of outcomes. (Giddens)
In the context of the running discussion here about strategies and frameworks, I think it reasonable to posit that a framework and strategy do not determine an outcome but helps define the potential range of outcomes. Specifically, it helps you consider input, evaluate your options and execute your decision in accordance with defined parameters (such as goals and values).
Have you paused recently to consider that we, the human species, have developed a network that is simultaneously:
the distributed repository of the wealth of human knowledge
connects everyone with access to everyone with access
The potential of this network extends far beyond sharing awesome memes (though this is arguably a critical function).
Today’s link is a list of 14 resources compiled by Mental Floss that run the gamut from serious (learn every language on Earth and helping feed the Earth) to the lighthearted (access old school video games).
Blogger Joshua Becker has penned an EXCELLENT piece on motivation, planning and executing on that plan. Emphasis on the execution of the plan. In his piece, he highlights that “a goal without a plan is just wishful thinking.” Further, you must act upon that plan, because having a plan simply isn’t enough.
I was listening to the BiggerPockets podcast this morning and heard this advice from Erik Stark, a successful Florida real estate marketer. He has a number of nuggets of wisdom in the podcast and I would very much encourage you to listen (it’s #93).
I wanted to take a moment and dig into this quote today. What does Mr. Stark mean by this? In his business, he has found success in the follow up. He has developed a system that works for him, through which he is able to deliver sustained and systematic follow up to his clients.
Are you following up? Do you have a system to do so?