A future self idea that inspires me is one where I’d associate myself with clinical execution.
Work gets done when you combine intensity, focus and time. I think time is not so much the issue – I am definitely prepared to put in the time and have been for many years. I have less of an issue with focus these days. A big part of that has been accepting my ADD/natural attention deficit nature and learning to be kind to myself when I find my attention drifting. It has also meant designing a life and a “getting-things-done” system that works well with this ADD.
The toughest nut to crack has been intensity. Intensity, as I define it, is choosing where to focus on. And, I think we can further divide this into making a decision and then executing on it. Over the years, through constant reinforcement and increased awareness about my priorities, I have found myself become better at making decisions that are aligned to my priorities.
However, it is in the execution where I face that demon – procrastination. For instance, I had a 2 hour window yesterday when I knew exactly what I needed to and, yet, managed to find ways to procrastinate. During periods when there is little time to waste, I find such wasted hours frustrating.
So, this is a reminder to myself to begin to focus on banishing procrastination. So, here’s to figuring out an approach to that.
And, maybe, just maybe, I will then be worthy enough to bestow the “clinical execution” adjective on myself. :-)