I’m in a conference in Phoenix, Arizona that I agreed to attend some months ago. As the time approached to pack and travel, I was overcome by regret over the “waste of time” in my schedule. This is a high intensity season with multiple projects and competing deadlines. I’n so far under-water that something that matters deeply will surely fail.
But, the decision to come (and not cancel at the last minute) has proven to be a wise choice to interrupt my schedule.
- I got my head out of the crazy maze and looked candidly at my top priorities and focused appropriately on them. So far, I have kept pace and not dropped anything.
- I had multiple conversation with others in my industry that have confirmed the strategic direction of our organization. It was more that encouraging, it was energizing!
- I am walking away with a handful of “gold nuggets” (ideas that will make a huge difference when I return.
- I have made some new friends and widened my professional network.
- I have helped others who are behind me in the learning curve…passing along the investment that others have made in me.
- I have re-invested in a several relationships that are extremely valuable to me. There are individuals at this conference that I don’t get to spend a lot of time with, but whom I care about deeply.
So, I am glad that I forced the interruption in my schedule. It served me (and others) well.
Can you force an interruption in your schedule that supports the overall goals in your life…or do you keep your head down and keep plowing along?
Thanks for listening.