I had a great day of sailing yesterday – a cold front came across and collided with a sizable area of heat that had settled into the south. So, for a few hours (prior to the inevitable storms), I enjoyed strong winds and a delightful sailing experience!
Since I had my wife and a couple of friends with me, I found myself consumed…not just by enjoying the moment…but by thinking hundreds of steps ahead to make sure I kept everyone safe. As the storms headed our way, I wanted to make sure that:
- I didn’t stop too early and waste the opportunity
- I didn’t stop too late and get everyone into trouble
Therefore, my brain was running 100 miles per hour calculating things like:
- How far are we from the docks? How long would it take to sail back?
- If I dropped sails and fired up the engine, how much time could I save?
- Are those clouds on the horizon dangerous, or precursors to the real storms?
- When it comes time to return to the dock, how do I divide up the tasks so that we quickly remove our stuff and lock down the boat?
- How do I better involve my guests in the sailing experience (until I have to take over and race to the docks)?
I had to constantly plan ahead…far more than normal. And that happens on many projects. When we have large, important projects, we need to be able to plan further ahead when:
- The pace speeds up
- The risks are higher
- More people are involved
- External factors are changing on the horizon
Thanks for listening.
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