In an interview this past November with Krista Tippett, Seth Godin posed this question when discerning whether or not to use certain technology: “Is this going to help me hide? Is it going to keep me busy for 2-3 hours a day, but realize that I didn’t do anything that was really worth it?”
I find this incredibly powerful, so much so that we scaled back many of our online “portals” this past week so that were weren’t spending all day “tending the fields” as he put it. We are considering other ways to centralize what we do, and how we reach people we want to work with.
What’s keeping you from actually doing something today? I start every day with only one list: three things I want to accomplish by the end of the day. Not four…not a list of things I’ll never actually do. Three things that are so important, I will cancel anything else.
And I don’t make that list in advance (here’s what I want to do this Thursday). I make it when I wake up – and only for that day.
What can you remove from your day – today – that is helping you hide from doing the things you actually want to do – things that actually make a difference. Stop tending the fields.