Projects vs. To Dos

One of the biggest takeaways from my workshop on Thursday with executives and entrepreneurs was this…

There is a big difference between projects and “to dos.” Many people lump them all into one category, become overwhelmed with the work, and get frustrated when “to dos” don’t get done.

Calling your insurance agent to add a new company vehicle is a to do. Creating copy for a website revision is a project. The latter demands allocating time, putting it on your calendar as a client meeting (with yourself), and perhaps leaving your office so you won’t be distracted.

Don’t confuse the two. They have very different priorities and implementations. In fact, many of the former can be delegated. The later require rime and intentional action.

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Extra Points: Ferocious

This week’s focus point…FerociousDan Weedin Unleashed-40
I was supposed to play golf in a charity event this past Saturday. On Friday night, the news warned of a big storm with lots of rain and high winds. The morning started confirming the local weather guru and my weather app. We are talking buckets of rain and high winds. Not much fun for golf. I called my fellow golfers and we agreed to write checks. I called the organizer and told him we weren’t making it, but he would be receiving a check equal to not only the regular fee, but also what we would have spent on additional games.

I could have gone out and sat through a rain delay, played in inclement weather, and had zero fun. The value of my time predicated that I pay my way out. It’s part of my theory on ferociously guarding your time. Do you ferociously guard yours?

We all too often de-value our time. Days, hours, minutes, and seconds can be carelessly wasted because there seems no consequences…until there is. We can always make another dollar, but we can’t make another minute. It was smarter for me to make a monetary contribution (which was the ultimate goal for the charity) and spend my time with my Barb doing things together. Don’t allow things that aren’t provided value to rob you of your most precious asset; your time.

Rule of Thumb – It’s a far smarter investment on your part to invest financially to improve your career, your life experiences and your lifestyle. Whether it’s hiring someone to clean your roof so you don’t have to; sub-contracting out jobs that can be done by someone below your experience; or saying NO to projects and events that don’t interest you, you have more control than you think when it comes to prioritizing your time. Ferociously guard your time like you’re guarding your life…because that’s exactly what you’re doing.

© 2015 Toro Consulting Inc. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote –

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”

~ Abraham Lincoln

No Weedin Unleashed today due to Columbus Day. The next broadcast is on Monday, October 19th.

Fiercely Guarding Your Time

This is my November column for the Kitsap Business Journal. Read it online here

Fiercely Guarding Your Most Valuable Asset – Your Time

By Dan Weedin

You protect what you most value. This isn’t a startling statement. You would certainly agree that we would vigorously defend our family, our home, our faith, and our country. We all have prized possessions that we would safeguard. And, as many a wealth management expert will encourage you to do, you staunchly guard your money.

Why is it then that we do such a crummy job of guarding what might be one of our most valuable possessions; something that can never be recaptured or insured; and something that we all too often complain we don’t have enough of? That “possession” is time. I submit to you that if you make fiercely guarding your time an early New Year’s Resolution, that all your goals, objectives, and dreams will come true in 2015. The good news is that I’m about to tell you how to do it. You just have to have courage, conviction, and discipline.

Last month, I resigned from the school board that I had been elected to in 2009. I held the office of president since 2012, and had 1 year left in my term. I already decided against re-election. My decision to resign early came after a self-assessment of the current situation. My discretionary time is precious, and over the past year, the negativity emanating from a small vocal group of community members was distracting to a point of encroaching negativity into my personal and professional life. I dreaded everything about the job, from opening emails to board meetings. When I realized I was eagerly waiting for December 2015 as the end of my term, and it wasn’t even December 2014 yet, I knew there was a problem. Life is too short and I wasn’t about to wish my life away. It was time to allegorically throw baggage off the train!

In order to reach all of my goals for the rest of the year and beyond – both professional and personal – I needed to free up space. We can’t grow if we don’t occasionally unload that baggage that holds us back, or is even a roadblock. We need to create metrics for the activities in our lives and determine whether their expiration date is up, so we can bring in new, fresher ones. I didn’t just toss this baggage; I flung it with both hands!

Your turn for self-assessment – What are you doing today that causes you stress or anxiety? What is wasting your valuable time with little return on that investment? Are you allocating that time to things that won’t advance your personal or professional goals? This is the time of year for self-assessment. Instead of thinking about resolutions to add things to your life, perhaps you should resolve to dump your own baggage. Here’s your simple, 3-sectioned assessment tool. The only rule is that you be candid with yourself…

  1. Career/Job – Are you surrounding yourself with positive people? Do you love what you do? Do you gain personal satisfaction from your efforts? Do you wake up everyday excited about new challenges and opportunities?

Believe me, I understand there are tough days, and even periods of time. However, if you’ve been dealing with negative energy (people, processes, mission), then you might need to look at a change. Life is too short to spend nearly 40% of your life doing something you dislike just for a paycheck.

Change can be scary. I left a good paying job over 9 years ago to start a consulting practice, so I get it. The price you pay for unhappiness though is too steep. You have the choice to change your attitude or the situation.

  1. Social Media – How many “friends” do you have on Facebook? Probably significantly more than you would really count as true friends. The problem is that you’ve perhaps allowed people to insinuate themselves into your stream of conscience with negativity. You see it all the time. You don’t have to acquiesce to constant complaining, use of bad language, or editorial rants about politics, or religion just because it shows up on your timeline. I’ve started either “hiding” or “unfriending” people on social media. You might just find that dumping some of that baggage is refreshing!
  2. Volunteer – Volunteering is an investment of your discretionary time. There are scads of great causes out there, yet you don’t need to be involved in all of them, even if you’re asked. Choose one that you have a great passion for and get deeply involved. If there are several, you can allocate different levels of time and financial donations. The point is you can’t possibly lead them all, be on boards for all of them, or manage the upcoming auctions. Volunteering is the finest form of generosity. However, overdoing it can drag you down to a point where it’s bad for you and for the organization.

Bottom line – we humans must consistently grow and develop mentally and physically to enjoy a healthy and happy life. In order to do that, we must fiercely guard our time against forces that try to steal it. Many of these forces are actually good causes and well-intentioned people. The time may just not be right for you. This is where you learn to just say NO! There are other “time thieves” that are more invidious because they are often stealth and masquerade as essentials. You have more control than you think. Choose to spend your time focusing on people and activities that make you better. You can always make another dollar, but you can’t make another minute. Be fierce in guarding it.

Dan Weedin
Dan Weedin

Dan Weedin is a strategist, speaker, author and executive coach. He helps business leaders and executives to become stronger leaders, grow their businesses, and enrich their lives. He was inducted into the Million Dollar Consultant™ Hall of Fame in 2012. You can reach Dan at 360-697-1058; e-mail at dan@danweedin.com or visit his web site at www.DanWeedin.com.

 

Extra Points: Fiercely Guarding Your Time #2

14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001This week’s focus point… Fiercely Guarding Your Time Edition #2

Last week, I resigned from my position on my local school board after 5 years, with 1 year remaining on my term. The reason was simple. I was taking my own advice.

Without getting too deep into the reasons, let’s just say that I found that some very noxious, combative, and disruptive individuals were negatively affecting my experience. After attempts to improve the situation, it became evident to me that things wouldn’t change, and I wasn’t able to put those by me. This was my discretionary time, and to that, end my decision was to dump baggage and fiercely guard and protect my time. It’s what I would have advised any coaching or mentoring client.

Your turn. What are you doing today that causes you stress or anxiety? What is wasting your valuable time with little return on that investment? Are you allocating that time to things that won’t advance your personal or professional goals? This is the time of year for self-assessment. Instead of thinking about resolutions to add things to your life, perhaps you should resolve to dump your own baggage.

I often hear from clients that they have no time and there is nothing that can be changed. This is never the case. There is time and it’s based on your priorities. Take time now to re-evaluate your priorities and fiercely guard your time to truly have enough to be “unleashed.”

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote –

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

~ E.M Forster


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Extra Points – Fiercely Guarding Your Time

This week’s focus point… Fiercely Guarding Your Time Edition #114_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

I admit it….for most of my life I’ve not guarded my time well. I’m not necessarily talking about what might be considered “time management.” I’m speaking more about events, commitments, and people that you choose to make part of your life. If you’re not careful, bad decisions left unaltered can rob you of valuable time that could be allocated to your business and your life. It’s something I now work hard to improve in myself.

Do a quick assessment ~ Have you recently or in the past accepted a position, took on a responsibility, or committed your time to something that you either weren’t passionate about or knew you didn’t have time for (and were unable to say NO)? Have you stayed too long in something that you didn’t enjoy, or had to deal with negative or even noxious people? If we are all honest, the answer is YES.

True wealth is discretionary time. You have more control than you think. If you are choosing to invest that valuable time in projects, people, or commitments, then set metrics for a successful investment. You’d better make sure you are passionate about it; it is personally or professionally rewarding; and you are having fun. Fiercely guarding your time means that you don’t allow yourself to be spread too thin to the detriment of things you value as more important. Focus on what improves you and improves others. You need both.

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

 This week’s quote –

 Lost time is never found again.”

~ Benjamin Franklin


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The Time Ruse

“And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you’re older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death..”

~Pink Floyd – “Time”

Let’s be clear. Time is not a resource issue. It’s a priority issue. We all get 24 hours a day of time. Donald Trump can’t even buy any more of the valuable commodity. We all treat time as something to save; something to manage; something to find; and something to look forward to. The ruse is that if we give in to this thinking, we are just kidding ourselves.

It never ceases to amaze me when someone says, “When I have more time, that’s when I’ll do X!” OR ~ “My time is so busy now because it’s our busiest time of year. When this is over, I will have more time and will do X.” Or ~ When I tell my wife, “I didn’t have time to unload the dishwasher. Oops.”

Memo – X (whatever X is) is simply not that important to you. X might be writing a book, going back to college, investing in yourself through coaching, or dealing with an important yet not urgent item. (X might be that I simply didn’t want to empty the dishwasher and that soon became an urgent item for me!) The bad news is that non-urgent item normally becomes urgent at the worst possible time! I often tell my clients that crisis doesn’t schedule it’s events on a calender. It comes when it wants to and doesn’t send an announcement.

There is never a good time to do anything. Our lives are busy and we do a pretty good job of filling them beyond capacity. We complain when sitting in a doctor’s office when they overbook on purpose expecting cancellations. We complain when an airline books more passengers than the plane can hold. Yet when we can’t control our own time, aren’t we just as much to blame?

Do yourself a favor and be honest with you. When you really don’t want to do something, don’t use time as an excuse. Say it’s not a priority. This works in your personal life as much as your professional life (actually we only have one life, which makes this conversation even more important). The result should be that you take a harder look at your priorities and start considering upsides and downsides to your decisions. It only takes a second…you are all smart. If you refuse to use time as your excuse and candidly admit you’re constantly making priorities, you might just find that the things that need to get done, get done and on time.

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

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Extra Points – Time

Time.Captain Jack

There seems to be a recurring theme in recent conversations with my coaching and mentoring clients. It goes something like this, “Boy, I’m so slammed with time now, I don’t know how to add something else.” That “something else” is normally an activity or a behavior that works towards meeting an objective.

Time is not a resource issue, it’s a priority issue. We all have the same amount of time. Regardless of position, influence, or money; we all play on the same field of 24 hours. Time can’t be managed, but priorities are always being made.

Here is one thing to consider with time that might help you. What distractions are devouring your time? Social media? Internet news? Candy Crush? It might even be things that aren’t as obvious like email “dings” announcing their arrival; co-workers interrupting you; and the insidious doing work that should be delegated to someone else but you’re unwilling to give it up. In the end, you have to make time decisions based on priority. You have control over distractions, whether self-inflicted by you or others. How you deal with priorities will ultimately determine how effective, productive, and happy you are.

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote –

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way ~ Pink Floyd, “Time”

Libby and Dan Part 2 – Time Management & Speaking

This is the second of a three-part series with Libby Wagner and Dan Weedin from their presentation at the Seattle Chamber of Commerce last month. This episode focuses on time management techniques from Libby and speaking strategies from Dan.

For some reason, this video is not being embedded. Sometimes technology doesn’t cooperate. To watch the video, click here.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This Killing Time…Is It Killing You?

How do you manage time?

As I write this, my computer is being worked on to update things.  I say “things” because I have no idea what they are, nor do I want to.  The deal is that I’m highly dependent on being on the computer to do things like write articles and blog posts.

While Justin works on fixing the minor irritations I have with technology, I’ve pulled out my MacBook and started working.  I’ve read by RSS Feed, caught up on reading the newspapers online, updated my new forum, posted a Tweet for my Rotary Club, and am now writing this blog post.

Technology has made it simpler for us to work and be efficient in my time.  Too many of us don’t think big enough when trying to determine how to not waste time.  I used to bemoan the fact that my big “project” was losing momentum if I was delayed in accessing it.  Now, I realize there are several smaller projects I can complete and get off my table.  In the end, I’m being productive. What about you?

One tip is to always be prepared with a back up plan.  Carry a book, have an audio book on your iPod or MP3, keep a pad and pen to jot notes, or just have that next “to-do” handy in case something comes up to derail your plans.  It’s not about always needing to be busy.  Sometimes, you may just need to think.  That’s why you carry something to write down all those great ideas.

Don’t just kill time.  Make it useful.  Be prepared with your lap top, your book, or your iPod to be effective and efficient.  You will find you will get more done giving you more discretionary time in the end.

Cheers,