You have probably had an advantage over the last 2 weeks that you might not have for several more weeks or months.
For most people it was a few days off from work for the holidays. Why is that an advantage, you ask? Because it keeps you from doing your job. Said another way, you aren’t working “in” your job. Let me explain.
The greatest enemy to strategic thinking, planning and evaluation is the constant grind of doing your job. There are emails to be dealt with. Phone calls to return. Meetings to attend. Presentations to prepare. You get the idea.
But to truly be effective, you need to do something different than work “in” your job. You need to work “on” your job.
I call this “zooming out.” This is pushing back from the routine to look at the bigger picture. Focusing not on the things that you need to do today or even this week, but the things you need to do in the next 60-90 days and beyond.
The problem is, it’s very difficult to work with this perspective sitting at your desk in between meetings. The crush of the urgent keeps you from truly being able to see all that needs to be seen for longer-term strategic thinking.
So, being off of work for a few days might just be the best possible scenario for your effectiveness this first quarter of 2017…if you’ll take advantage of it.
I realize there are things to rush back to, but what if you set aside some time this week to “zoom out”? Schedule a meeting with yourself at Starbucks for 3 hours one afternoon before this next week is over. Block out some time one morning and go rent some co-working space to help foster creativity.
Your success, and the productivity of your team, in the next 60-90 days could depend on your willingness to “zoom out” some this week and “work on it, not in it.”