What a difference a week makes. Last week at this time I was looking through my system” and thinking that I was making good progress on some ongoing life improvements. On Monday, it was like a switch flipped, and I fell back into a several bad habits through the rest of the week: trying to control the uncontrollable; blaming others; fighting the wrong fights.
So in the end I spent way too much time at the office doing low/no value stuff, thinking that I was being productive. On top of that, by picking the wrong battles I managed to damage several important relationships that I need to ultimately be successful. I would end each day mentally beating myself up for the days transgressions, spend the evening tuning out in front of the TV and skipping workouts. That pattern continued until Thursday night where I woke up feeling sick to my stomach, feverish and unable to sleep. Friday I tried to rest up, but could not seem to pull myself out of the fires that I had caused. I was running a low-grade fever, had the runs and was as down on myself as I had been in a long, long time, but I could pull myself out of the hole until my body just shut down and I fell asleep, laptop on my knees from about 3:00pm until 5:30pm.
Talk about “cause and effect”
So instead of diving into my weekly review as I normally do on Saturday AM, I picked up all the personal productivity reading I’d been putting off and plowed through them all in a couple of hours. And I was able to gain some perspective. One of the best bits of wisdom I gleaned was in a new on-line magazine: Productive!
Magazine. The questions are from the article, the answers are mine and in the spirit of GTD, I’m also going to add some “next actions” for each
Seven Questions that will Change Your Life – Alex Shalman
(original online version here)
Q2: What was I most proud of this week?
A2: The shared service application that I’ve been pushing into other company groups is starting to gain traction. Two other groups began to use it in production this week, and I’ve got some exposure into a big corporate initiative that should allow it to grow further. I think it’s a big win for the company, reducing complexity, reducing regulatory risk, and avoiding duplicate services and avoiding duplicate costs.
Q5: What was hard for me this week, and why?
Q6: What was my biggest waste of time this week?
A7: Snapping off a snotty response to a meeting request. Dumb, Dumb, Dumb.
Next Action: See answer #6
As to my VERY NEXT action? I’m unplugging, getting on my bike and going out for a short, easy ride.
Here’s to a better week.