Take a day and STOP, Part 2


In final week’s put up, we mentioned the necessity to draw back and plan for your corporation. Let me remind you that probably the most certain technique to get the identical outcomes that you simply’ve all the time gotten is to do what you’ve all the time performed. In actual fact, I’ll go as far as to say that should you maintain doing what you’ve all the time performed, you’ll turn out to be irrelevant and the market will transfer round you.

Final week, I launched what I name the STOP planning sample (Separate, Assume, Arrange, and Plan). I advised you final week that you simply wanted to Separate your self out of your regular routine and schedule for a day or so. If you would like the main points, you’ll have to return and skim final week’s put up. No spoilers right here. Let’s transfer on to the T in STOP.


Pondering is rapidly turning into a misplaced ability. We’re flooded by enter all day each day.

  • Our smartphones inform us in regards to the world round us.
  • We have a look at information tales and pictures from world wide.
  • Our work is fast-paced and by no means slows down.
  • We have a look at social media extra typically than we have a look at the folks round us.

Not solely are we slaves to the fixed move of enter, however we additionally pay a premium for manufacturing. Give it some thought. Insurance coverage businesses are paid primarily based on the insurance policies bought. The producers get commissions primarily based on their manufacturing. It’s constructed of their titles. We make checklists in order that we will really feel achieved. It lets us know that we did one thing. We wish productiveness. The final half of the 20th century was spent attempting to determine methods to squeeze extra out of each hour. How do you get folks to provide extra?

Even at present we search for methods to be extra productive. We went to lunch at a neighborhood quick informal place. They’ve a cellular app that may allow you to order (and pay to your order) earlier than you even get there. While you get there, if the road is simply too lengthy for you, you may order from an automatic kiosk. When you’re in an actual hurry, you may even log into the kiosk and choose a favourite meal. Whereas this makes for a present of customer-centric design, it’s actually extra about improved productiveness. It’s about getting you in, fed, and out as rapidly as doable.

I would like you to be extra productive, too. However I would like you to do it thoughtfully. That’s why the subsequent step if you STOP is to assume. Positive, getting out of the workplace and disconnecting from the everyday is nice however should you don’t use that point correctly, you’re sure to repeat what you probably did final yr, and the final ten years. It’s time to assume. Because you’re already away from the workplace and also you’re avoiding your smartphone (please, keep away from your smartphone), I like to recommend that you simply deliver with you many pads of sticky notes as a way to write issues down. When you’re actually artistic, go forward and purchase completely different colour sticky notes.

The primary colour of sticky notes are about the place you need to go. Let’s simply name these the locations. The place would you like your corporation to be in 5 years, or subsequent yr, and even subsequent quarter. You’ve heard this one million occasions by now, nevertheless it’s true. When you don’t look forward and have a vacation spot, you’ll by no means get so far as you might get. Your online business would possibly develop, nevertheless it’ll be by chance quite than deliberately. How many individuals have you ever recognized that simply drifted by their lives and their careers?

That is actually a dreaming stage. You get to consider what nice issues might occur if… Have you ever ever taken the time to consider what would occur if…? You in all probability did it as a child. (Cue the Seaside Boys, “Wouldn’t or not it’s good if we have been older…”) That’s what you get to do right here. Don’t take this step so severely that you simply don’t give you any loopy out of attain concepts. Dream and dream large. I’d have known as this the dream step, however SDOP didn’t sing like STOP did.

The subsequent colour of sticky notes are about the place you’ve been. There are lots of people that may inform you to ditch the previous, however the previous is essential. It’s the place you retailer the entire classes that you simply’ve discovered. That’s the place you retain the entire errors that helped to form your present course. That’s the place you failed, however bought up. That’s the place you’ve the good moments which have ready you for at present and tomorrow. The previous is what works to form at present. While you’re excited about the previous, ask your self if your corporation continues to be the enterprise that it was. It’s high quality if it isn’t, however you need to find out about it. Do you’ve any previous failures that may enable you sooner or later? Do you’ve some incomplete plans from the previous that you may resurrect?

The subsequent colour of sticky notes are about the place you might be. That is the true right down to earth a part of this step. This offers with the straight ahead information about your corporation. That is the place you determine what information are essential to know, to trace, and to enhance. It is perhaps so simple as realizing what ratio of enterprise you’re retaining, what your new enterprise appears to be like like, what your whole revenues are and what your revenue is.

Don’t skip on this step. It doesn’t matter how badly this hurts. You wanted to open your eyes anyway. You want to take an trustworthy have a look at issues as they’re. Not as you wished they have been. Not as your staff retains telling you they’re. This can be a actuality test second. An opportunity to absorb the entire fact about your corporation. You’ll thank me this later, ultimately. While you recover from the trauma.

The final sticky notice colour (that’s 4 for these of you who’re retaining rating at dwelling) is about the way you’re going to get to the locations from the place you might be. Each journey requires realizing three issues: the place you might be, the place you need to be, and methods to get there from right here. Name it a roadmap. Name it a flowchart. Name it a recipe. That is one other place for dreaming; and dream large. Take this time to dream up methods that you may get to the locations that you simply need to get to.

This isn’t nearly doubling efforts that you simply’re already engaged on. In fact, there are issues that you need to maintain doing. However what if you’re seeking to break into a brand new area of interest? What’s going to that require? Is it doable that you simply would possibly want so as to add to the staff? What about transferring folks round within the staff? What about forming a brand new staff? Do it’s good to have a look at investing in know-how modifications? Do it’s good to do one thing new with the workplace area? That is the place the place you attempt to create methods to perform attending to the entire enjoyable locations you mentioned you needed to get to.

One other lengthy one, however I hope you bought some worth from it. I additionally hope that you simply create a pile of sticky notes if you lastly STOP and spend a while on your corporation. Sure, subsequent week can be lengthy, too (and definitely worth the learn).

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