Make productive time to focus on your firm’s Big Hairy Audacious Goal
Running a firm is hard, you have days when you have no time to yourself and if you do find some time, you are fatigued by the sheer effort of running your firm…
However, if you want to achieve the ultimate goal – your ‘Big Hairy Audacious Goal’ (BHAG) - for your firm, you must address both the time and the fatigue issues…
Getting your daily work done is necessary and can’t be ignored, however if you feel passionate about taking steps every day/week towards your ultimate BHAG, its worth taking a moment to work out when, where and how you can be most productive.
This regular productive time will then act like a domino run getting closer every week to your ultimate goal.
So how do you make a start?
Here are 4 simple questions to ask yourself so that you can start knocking dominos over...
1) Have I committed daily or weekly diary time to knocking over dominos that take me towards my BHAG?
And how much time? (30 minutes or 60 minutes of consistently planned time)
2) What time of day am I most productive?
Brain fatigue is the enemy of productivity – so make sure you choose a time of day when you are most focused – for most people this is first thing in the morning
3) Where shall I have this planned time to work on my BHAG?
Distraction is the other enemy of productivity – so this needs to be somewhere you cannot be disturbed – maybe you work at home for the first hour or in a coffee shop?
4) What reminder or prompt do I have in place to make me aware of this time in my diary?
This should be a trigger that can’t be ignored or forgotten. It’s no use getting to work only to discover that you should have gone to a café or stayed at home to do your BHAG work.