Is Discipline The Key To Thriving In Today's Business World?
Discipline is a vital attribute to achieving business success: bottom line. Some say that motivation would be the top of their list, but I feel that one may be motivated to do something, but without the discipline to execute, you will not succeed (keep in mind that I'm duly aware that one can always hire talented individuals to do the execution portion of any task, but I'm looking at this from an individualized viewpoint). It's a simple notion that most of us spend a majority of our careers trying to master the art of being more disciplined in the workplace. Some are better at this than others and many have a natural ability to constantly evaluate and re-organize themselves in any situation and under any circumstance. Focusing on how to plan and prioritize our work can be a daunting task for many of us and the Franklin Covey stores are proof-positive of this notion that we are all trying to get organized in the game of life, as they have successfully established themselves in retail stores & outlets throughout the U.S. for the better part of several decades... We've all been in that space where we knew in our own headspace what we needed to do to accomplish various projects and/or tasks and the appropriate processes, workflows and the like, but due to a lack of forethought or pre-planning, we undoubtably fall short of achieving our goals...
Over the years, I've read numerous books from successful people across the planet and varying socio-economic backgrounds and all had the common notion or thought-thread that in order for them to take advantage of certain moments or opportunities in their lifetime, they had some sort of discipline in their lives "prior" to the life-changing event; and this was what allowed them acknowledge it and have success land at their doorstep, so to speak.
One of my absolute favorite life quotes is from the late-great martial-artist and actor, Bruce Lee. It goes like this:
"Empty Your Mind. Be Formless. Shapeless Like Water. You Put Water Into A Cup. It Becomes The Cup. You Put Water Into A Bottle. It Becomes The Bottle. You Put Water In A Teapot. It Becomes The Teapot. Water Can Flow or It Can Crash. Be Water, My Friend."
What I take away from this quote is two-fold...
First, I see that it's important to take brief moments away from work - to empty the mind (I know, it's hard. I'm a bit of a work-a-holic myself). Challenge yourself to clear your mind if only for 10 minutes with your eyes closed --- it can do wonders for your creative brain as well. And secondly, being formless and shapeless like water references one's ability to not place doubt or judgement on what challenges or tasks lay before you. It allows you to remove extemporaneous thoughts surrounding what you're trying to achieve and leave that front and center in your mindset so you can attack it, overcome it and achieve it.
I know for myself, in the early days and stages of engaging in business and the workplace, I thought having a full plate of general activities, meetings and projects meant that I had arrived to the table of success. That somehow, the powers-that-be felt that my abilities and skills were somehow indispensable. But as my years of challenge, hurdles & wisdom have increased over time, I now clearly see that the quality of what I actually do (in a more, mindful manner) is far more beneficial and impactful to the world around me. It's much more freeing. I have a tendency to look at situations without baggage and focus on the simplest of concept of any area or issue. This allows ideas and solutions to flow around a presentation or project without hesitation and a mindset to overcome all obstacles however big or small. I constantly focus on simplicity, (in both form and intended function) as we all need things a bit more simple these days...
3 Life-Changing Disciplines To Adapt To Your Work World (Helps You To Become More Creative & Productive In Your Daily Activities)
1. Allow yourself to take 10 minute pauses/breaks throughout the day - to clear your mind - (A Useful Best Practice: Set your iPhone alarm to remind you each day until the habit has been established: morning, noon & night)
2. Create, Review & Revise (Daily) a Basic Task Implementation List of All Of Your Activities (can create in Excel or Numbers) --- If your a Project Manager, this should seem like a breeze...
a. Prioritize all tasks. I like to chart out by project or task and include headings for the following: (Project Name/Project Description/Project Manager/Project Team Members (by name)/Project Tasks (list them out)/Project Task Description (provide brief description of expectation for each task along with deadlines, if applicable)
b. Use number notation for prioritizing each project and/or tasks (1=High Priority/Immediate Action Needed, 2=Medium Priority/Immediate Action Not Needed, But Attack As Soon As High Priority Items Are Handled, 3=Low Priority/Address When You Have The Time)
c. Use simple number notation for a column entitled "Project/Task Status" - 1=Not Yet Started, 2=In Progress, 3=In Progress/Issues Need Addressing, 4=Complete
3. Have Regular Cadence Meetings/Meet-ups with your Project Managers/Team Members (as needed) to review outstanding issues on project tasks that require tackling... (can help to move an overall project along when needed or allow you to revise a project if business needs change and require revising...)
* I've attached a pic of a Sample Basic Task Implementation Summary Report format to serve as a guide for you to create and customize for your usage in your quest for Discipline and being more productive in your business workspace and place.
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