One of my closet friends – Jimmy Lastinger of All Pro Carts – gave me this leadership tip last year.
Similar to other small business owners, he has been surviving a very difficult economy over the last few years. When he was in a particularly troublesome downturn, his mentor told him “focus on what keeps you up at night.” The lesson was – if our minds are so troubled by a task that it won’t let us sleep – then we should put our greatest mental energy on resolving that specific task. All the rest of the stuff will take care of itself. In other words…if a particular task doesn’t keep us from sleeping, we are subconsciously confident in our ability to solve it.
I have found this tip to be invaluable.
I think this addresses a question I was asked last year about the Critical Path of a project. The question was “If a project is sufficiently large enough to require me to design a Ghantt Chart, then my project management software automatically reveals the Critical Path to me. But what about all the other projects that I manage? How do I locate the Critical Path of a project that I manage in my head?”
Can’t sleep? That task must be on the Critical Path somewhere…and your brain is shouting “Danger Will Robinson…Danger!”
Thanks for listening!