Before we set off to work for the day, are we prepared? For the tasks beckoning, the curved balls firing, the responsibilities accruing? There’s undoubtedly an 80/20 rule about being successfully prepared for work. 80% preparation, 20% doing. I wonder how many of us even give it a second thought, as pressures mount to get more doing done, faster.
Cutting corners, skipping steps, overlooking basics are tempting methods to speed through the doing list in response to increasing demands. These half-baked measures are a dead cert for disappointment. They rarely give the job the polish it requires, more of a dull sheen that falls short of everyone’s expectations.
You reap what you sow. What goes around comes around. You get out what you put in. These sayings – though bandied widely – make sense. If we plan our day, do our research, rehearse our presentation, run through our notes, decide on our priorities, learn our part, check our safety harness, we’re better equipped to getting our doing done swiftly, keeping crises at a safe distance.
Be prepared, for a more fulfilling work life.
© Amanda Yensa Manor 2015