Entrepreneurial ADD, Manage Your Genius

I start to answer an e-mail and decide to embellish my point by running out to YouTube  to link in a video.

On my way, I notice a pop-up on Facebook and click it to see what’s up and an employee walks in asking for a few minutes of my time…

That e-mail I’m trying to answer is kept waiting for another 20 minutes (if it is lucky) before I remember I was in the middle of it.

I love new and exciting projects.

I love getting things accomplished too. I just love those new and exciting ideas and projects so much.

I do enjoy getting results, and yet wouldn’t it be great to spend some more time talking and dreaming about this new idea I had this morning?

Can you relate?

If so, let me share a strategy that seems to be a strong partner in getting things accomplished and in feeding the invincible power of having a zero-to-100-mph-in-5-seconds-flat-brain under the lid.

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Do It And Review It – Final Steps To Project Management

Once you’ve wisely taken time to scope and plan out your project, you need to launch it.

This interview  will help you understand some of the dynamics of successfully running a project. 

No project is considered complete until you’ve wrapped it up properly and archived your plans and outcomes for future reference. This clip discusses things to consider when reviewing and closing out a project.


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Check out our entire playlist series of Project Management on our YouTube channel! 

Watches : Cool S#!T

Once upon a time, clock makers pieced the essentials of motive power to make clock mechanisms function with a means to transmit and regulate this power into steady measures. Then they found ways to mark these measurements within the movements so that time could be known to the viewer on the outside.

Expressing my fascination for time pieces doesn’t flow easily.

Putting  words to an abstract feeling of awe and interest in the concept these objects evoke is difficult. I’m unsure and awkward in my attraction for clocks and watches.

I window shop them.

I notice watches on other people’s arms and around their necks.

I maintain a modest collection of my own, including a sundial and an oil painting of a clock.

I hang on to time pieces that wear out. Still valuing the inner machinery, the look, feel and personality of each one has found me planning a large piece of art composed of those objections literally stilled by time itself.

Today all this blends with wizard-like alchemy utilizing design, innovation, and fashion to provide us with the following:

Gucci

The flexible L.E.D. good-looks of this Gucci watch has the fashion forward mind in mind.

See more shots of this watche’s personality.

Hrological-Machine, the HM4 

MB & F knock my socks off with this Thunderbolt. This displays the heigths of crafstmanship with an three-dimensional artistic approach to kinetic sculpture.

This beauty also comes in three other innovative styles.

OLED Linux Watch

This OLED Linux watch is experimenting with using Bluetooth as a front-end user interface device of PC’s.

Check this out or more insights on this watche’s capacity.

ZeroPointZero Watch

Designed by Luis Beruman, this digital watch is what it looks like – a pair of handcuffs.

Get an idea of how they would look on your wrist here.

Matrix M6001

This piece has been compared to a restored 1960 Ford. While retro in some respects, this watch is nothing but old-school meets the present day.

You can decide on a model and the band color of your own collection.

Seiko Bluetooth Watch

Seiko Japan has provided this slightly oversized, cool-looking, hardworking watch. It can pair with your mobile with built in ring tones, vibes and such.

Find out if this watch can partner up with your phone’s signal, incoming calls and SMS displays.

Storm-Circuit-Watch

Reminiscent of a Cylon helmet from Battlestar Galatica, this London Storm watch is my favorite within this collection.

View this watch in black or slate.

And so it is that I present seven current beauties new on the watch scene.

Each one is a masterful exposé on design and utility.

How would you rank these watches in terms of your most favorite to least favorite?

 

 

Successful Delegation

 

Delegation often resembles an act of dump-n-run when what we are aiming for is an empowered handoff packed with clarity.

Here are a few things I have had to learn in order to experience the latter:

1) Ask more, tell less during the pass off. Questions open the other person’s mind and heart up. Open minds and open hearts are like sponges capable of sucking up information, details and the “why” behind the “what”  during  delegation. When expectations are absorbed in this fashion the outcomes are typically strong.

2) Negotiate. More times than not, it makes sense to negotiate two different aspects of the expectations.

  • First determine the sort of urgency this project requires. If it is an “urgent” a.s.a.p. sort of item, clarify it as such. Here is one way to do this: “This project is a stop, drop, and do it sort of priority for us because _______(fill in the blank). What would we have to change in our schedules to get this finished by the end of day tomorrow?” At this point listen and negotiate a reasonable win/win in terms of the adjustments needed to meet the deadline. These terms may include you offering some sort of support such as: “Since this is our top action item, I’ll remain accessible by text and phone. I’ll constantly watch my phone until we meet tomorrow to check this off as complete.” Should you make such an agreement, keep your word and remain available.

 

  • Next, it is often wise to negotiate an iterative means of accomplishing the delegated item. By iterative, you agree on and scope expectations around a first draft sort of deliverable. This strategy gets you started but does not intend to deliver a fully completed project right from the start. By working in waves, you allow for check-points and valuable discussions as you move from a 1.0 version of the project to a fully finished version. In this fashion, the delegated work unfolds in a creatively guided process and you don’t place undue pressure on anyone. You don’t have to hand off a huge amount of information right up front AND the employee doesn’t have to grapple with excessive details up front.

Hopefully next time you have something to delegate, these few tips supply you with valuable information.

Now that you’ve read this article, you might want to watch the demo clip on how these actually look in a real-time scenario.

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Stuck In Perfectionism?


Are you unconsciously holding yourself back? Answer “yes” or “no” to the following questions and find out:

Do you feel what you accomplish is never quite good enough?

Do you find that you are rarely satisfied with your completed projects and work?

Do you believe that if you do not do a perfect job that you are less of a person?

Do you fear failure because you will not be respected if you do fail?

Do you put things off because you’d rather not do them than fail trying?

If you answered yes to just one of these questions, you may be or have been stuck in what I call the Perfect Trap. Perfectionism is like a virus of the mind. It seduces us into an unnatural concept of what is possible.

Most of the human population suffers unknowingly with a certain degree of perfectionism. If we remain unwilling to do something about it, we might be sabotaging our capacity to excel.

Here are some quick ways to relieve the pressure of perfectionism.

  1. Come to a clear understanding that pushing to achieve perfection is like swimming with a rock. Eventually you’re going to drag down your performance and potentially drown a few dreams.
  2. When you decide to accomplish a goal or to complete a project, set realistic standards for yourself that lean heavily towards excellence rather than perfection.
  3. Experiment and learn to discriminate between good, great, excellent, and perfect. Learn to embrace good, great, and excellent. Learn to discard perfect.
  4. Celebrate and enjoy what you do accomplish. Take stock by asking yourself, “How much did I enjoy doing this?”

You may find this audio clip useful. It is a small portion of an interview I had with Dr. Martin M. Antony, Ph.D. on the topic. If you find this clip insightful, feel free to download the entire audio program dedicated to keeping you unstuck from perfectionism. (HeadTrip Audio Disc 4 – How to Create Customer Evangelists)

The Truth about List Making

I’m not really against list making.

I simply see too many of us feverishly making lists in an effort to get things done. And once the list is finished, we push back with a false sense that we just accomplished something when all we did was relieve our mind of a swarm of tasks.

 List making can be deceptive.

Put down your pen and give yourself two minutes to re-think the whole list making process.

You may actually save yourself time and effort:

 

Bookmark Your Brain Before Bed

There are hundreds of ways to mark your place in a book. Some people “dog-ear” a corner while others tuck a commercially crafted marker into their books. This simple practice must save readers a trillion hours a year. If you are one of them, an easy transference of this skill might save you more than just time.

Using the notion of bookmarking is a brilliant way to capture the fluid thinking flowing today in your head so that it can kick-start your next day of work.

Here’s the idea: As you turn off your computer or shut down from work, make a note of all those important things you sense need to be accomplished tomorrow. I suggest you write each task on a sticky note – one item per note. (To better understand my reasoning behind using sticky notes versus list making watch this clip.)

 

 

Now add details to each sticky note. Write a description of where your current stream of thoughts suggest you should go next per task. Record anything you sense valuable to remember.

In the morning place yourself in front of these notes. Refresh your mind with the “breadcrumbs” you left yourself the night before in the details.

Once your mind is refreshed concerning what needs to be accomplished today, start planning. (This clip might help you plan out your day.)

 

 

Be your own best friend by bookmarking your smart ideas today so you can use them tomorrow.

Author’s Note: A big thank you goes out to Iain Hueton – entrepreneurial inventor. He recently told me of an article he read that had a similar twist on preparing yourself for tomorrow’s work. Our conversation reminded me of this bookmark practice. And it encouraged me to start using it again. Sometimes what we most need to remember comes back to us in wonderful, serendipitous ways…like side-notes in conversations. Thanks Iain for jogging my memory.

Using the Power of Focus for Weekly Planning

The practice of doing weekly and daily planning are imperative when we want to improve our power of focus – getting the most important things accomplished. The four-step process we advocate when using our iPhone app Today and Not Today can be applied to weekly planning.

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to use the same four-step strategy when planning out your week.

 

A Lucid 8 Minutes on Time Mastery

What I know about time management I have harvested through my lack of time and focus management. Many of these lessons were hard-earned.

Asking my mind to function in an abstract-random manner is easy. Asking it to move into linear thought patterns takes more effort.

It’s a good thing that I’m a gifted “connector” who can tinker with what might be un-related concepts and meld them together creating useful insights, tools, and strategies.

I was able to take my hard-earned knowledge from time management, and blend it with the neuroscience concepts I learned as an educator. I took the notion of left and right brain facilitation and added my creative means of staying on focus and the outcome produced the planning tool known as Today and Not Today.

Recently a client asked to me share with him the background and thinking that birthed this tool. So, I spent about eight minutes and in a lucid stream of consciousness gave him what he asked for.

Luckily, he recorded our conversation. And because he is a generous man, he agreed that I could share this information with you.

He and I hope that it will prove useful as you work to enhance your daily and weekly planning.

Here is the link:

http://thequalitymaven.com/Lyn/Lyn_TaNT_122211.mp3


 

 

 

Small Wins

Sometimes it is wiser to get yourself quick small wins in terms of your daily “to do” list than it is to take on the biggest, hardest task first.

To this point, a study tracked customers who were given frequent visit cards at two different car washes. Both establishments offered a free visit when all eight spaces on a card had been stamped.

At one car wash, customers were handed their first card with a 20% head start – two of the eight slots were already stamped.

At another location the customers had to start from scratch and work on filling out the entire eight spaces on their own.

Interestingly, after a few months only 19% of those who had to earn all eight-stamps had earned their free car wash. Conversly 34% of those who had the head-start card had earned their free wash.

Many times we find it motivating to have a portion of a goal accomplished right out of the starting gate. On those days when your will-power is low use this bit of knowledge to your benefit. Give yourself the boost of one or two quick wins by planning easy to accomplish tasks first.

And should you try this quick win strategy on, I’d love to know how and when it worked for you.

Author’s Notes

The research referenced above is taken from the book Switch, How to Change Things When Change is Hard. Currently I’m reading this book by Chip and Dan Heath in conjunction with an article written by John Tierney titled: Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue? Both are quite informative in terms of understanding common roadblocks that prohibit us from making significant change. If you are interested in the article e-mail me, and I’ll send you an electronic copy.