Most people I know live fairly busy lives. Western culture and the 'always on' society we live in has done that to us. However, some—by my assessment anyway—have become a bit too busy for their own good. Societal norms seem to reward busyness and excellence, yet cracks start to appear when we get very busy for long periods. We get tired and make mistakes. Our commitment to do things with excellence suffers. How do you cope in such situations? Do you plan well ahead; or, do you manage your commitments on a daily basis; or, do you simply back yourself to keep up with what work and life serves up?
One habit that has served me well for many years is the 'heads-up' habit. It's really simple. Every week, I pause and look ahead, as follows:
In the past, I sometimes lost sight of important upcoming activities (and ended up suffering late into the night trying to make up—the results of which were never that great). However, last-minute rushes have become a rarity since I embraced the heads-up habit. If you don't have a habit to stay of top of your commitments, you might like to try this one. It made my life easier and I seem to be more productive. Also, my wife says that I'm easier to live with!
Thoughts on corporate governance, strategy and the craft of board work; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.