COMPETE EVERY DAY
I passed my neighbor and his son mowing their yard while walking my dogs this morning. I actually did a double take because the dad wasn’t mowing the yard in the most efficient manner. In fact, there was no doubt the way he was mowing would take at least an hour longer than it should have to mow his yard.
You see, he was guiding their push-mower while his young son (most likely 7 or 8 years old) pushed the machine. Slowly, the pair worked up and down that yard, careful to cut every blade of grass together. As someone who hates yard work, my first thought was that there are a million better activities to do for parent/child bonding. But as I watched, I realized he was probably thinking much more long-term than I was.
By investing the extra hour or two to make sure his son could mow the yard correctly, the father was freeing up his time in the future to work on other areas of the yard (or skip yard work altogether). He was training his son to do the job correctly so that he could take over the task going forward. An extra hour or two today would save him countless hours over the next few years.
It makes complete sense – so why do we forget so often in business?(more…)
How you start your day sets the tone you carry throughout the day.
I loved to sleep in growing up. I could sleep until 10-11am if my parents would have let me (they didn’t). I’d be ok rolling out of bed and eating lunch. I enjoyed sleeping that much.
As I got older, I didn’t have the luxury to sleep all day. I had to jump up, head out the door to start work, and get a move on my day. Most mornings, I would simply roll out of bed, shower, and then grab something to eat on my way out the door. Some days I’d stop at get coffee and then start my work day.
The only intentional action I had was to get clean, consume caffeine, and get through the day. And my productivity throughout the day showed this.(more…)