Friday, November 17, 2006

two paths to productivity

Path One:
Decide what you want to achieve. Use language like "operational objective" or "well-formed outcome" to emphasize that this is solid and practical. Make a list of steps you need to take in order to do what you want to do. Make a list of people whose support you will require at various stages. Make another list of resources you will need, including their location and any plans you need to make to ensure you have what you need when you need it. Work through your steps, one at a time. Stick to your plan.

Path Two:
Decide what you want to achieve. Decide that you have or can acquire everything you need in order to achieve this thing. Engage the people whose support you require. Allow them to respond and pay attention when they do. Assume that whatever you are given will be helpful at some point in the process. Be alert and responsive wherever you are because you know that the world presents opportunities at unusual times in unexpected places. Allow yourself to be relaxed and ready, intent on your goal. When the time is ripe, carry out your achievement with a minimum of fuss.

If you choose path one, block out time for the weekend so that you can make progress towards both personal and professional goals. Get an early start, even on Sunday. Have a productive weekend.

If you choose path two, enjoy your weekend, confident that you are about to encounter something that you need in order to solve a problem or take a step, easily, naturally and quickly.

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