Are You Responding Or Carrying Out?

It's hard to get organized.  Trust me, as a busy person I realize this.  Many people end up busy but somehow never getting actually toward their goals.  They KNOW they're active, they can list all the things they've done, but they're not getting anywhere.

(You're probably nodding your head.  I've been here myself.)

I finally came to realize that one of the biggest causes of this is that sometimes we're not following our grand plan (if you don't have a grand plan you have an entirely different problem).  Instead of following that plan we're just responding.

We're responding to a crisis.  We're responding to regular activity (which consumes more and more time).  We're addressing things that came up as we're sure we have to.  We're responsive, not actively pursuing goals.

So you may find that you're doing a lot but aren't pursuing your plans.  This can even become a habit that quickly drowns out all of your important planned ideas and events.

I find the best way to deal with this is to keep measuring progress in your plans and to harshly evaluate the "responsive" activities you take and the habits you're in.  It's very easy to automate habits, to respond instinctively, and nOT move forward. 

Finally, keep your plans in mind as much as you can so you know where you're going and know you need to keep moving forward.  It's a matter of priorities – if you don't set them, they'll set themselves.

Steven Savage