Our son, Chris, taught me about time quilting. Now whenever I do a little bit of time quilting, I silently thank Chris and wonder how many people know the art of time quilting.
Time quilting is when you fill in time gaps doing something else. I especially like it in the morning when preparing breakfast. While the bacon is slowly cooking, I prepare the quinoa to warm and spinach to cook. The eggs are the last to fix. While my master chef husband cooks the eggs, I make the coffee. It is amazing how fast breakfast goes together with a little bit of time quilting.
I appreciate the many helpful things I have learned from Chris. I have taken some of his courses, which are great. I have read all his books because I am his proud mother – and they are all good. We listen to his pod casts. I enjoy his daily on-the-go Facebook messages.
Most of all, I anxiously await his Sunday morning newsletter. You never know what you are going to get. Below is a sample of Chris’s newsletter from last Sunday, February 19, 2017.
Are you busy, Diane ?
It’s kind of a trick question, but not the way you’d think. Everyone thinks they’re busy. Everyone feels busy. And if you start to feel offended because by Buddha, you really are busy and Chris Brogan doesn’t know anything!!!! – well, then I know a secret.
Take the Backpack Test
If I gave you a backpack and said “Walk around for five minutes and put stuff in this backpack until it’s full,” you could finish the task in probably 30 seconds. It wouldn’t take long to fill that backpack with whatever’s nearby. Full? You could stuff that baby with things.
Now, instead, what if I said, “Your house is going to burn down. Take 5 minutes and put in the backpack the only items you can pull from the fire.” Five minutes isn’t nearly enough. The backpack is too small. How can you possibly fit it all in?
Guess how you are normally filling that backpack? A or B?
Why Are You Too Busy?
You’re busy because you stuff too much junk into your day and you don’t focus on the most important facets of your work. “But Chris,” you might be tempted to write me back, but I’m going to smile politely when I listen to your excuses. In fact, want me to give them to you early?
- Other people – I can’t control other people.
- Kids and/or sick relatives – They fill my day up.
- Boss – she’s such a jerk.
- Illness – oh, I’m in rough shape.
- So much work – oh, you just have no idea.
Which one’s yours?
Know why they’re excuses and not really a reason? Because everything that needs doing is being stuffed out by tons of tasks that do NOT need doing.
I don’t care if you can only work 2 hours a day. My bet is that you’re not working on what matters during those two hours.
Focus on Your Core Work
Here’s how you find your core:
- What do I sell?– Even if you’re working internally, you SELL something – some product or service or unit of work.
- Who is my buyer?– Again, your teammates or boss might be the buyer, but there’s always a buyer.
- What do they need most?– This is really where you’ll start seeing it.
Do they need a blog post on the 5 Things Small Businesses Must Do in 2020? No, they need what you sell. Do they need you to figure out podcasting once and for all? No. Do they need you to get over your fear of sitting in front of video? No.
If you only had two hours a day to devote to your core business, you could still get a lot more done than you’re doing now. It’s all a matter of uncovering the process that gets you where you need to go. You can figure it out, if you stop stuffing junk in your backpack.
Or, you can join me.
On Tuesday, I’ll walk you through how exactly to uncover your core work in our Run Yourself webinar. That’s one of five solid topics I’m covering in the hour, all dedicated to making you a much more solid owner, to removing some of the uncertainty and turmoil from your day, and putting you on the path to a better backpack of will drive your success.
But like I said. You don’t need me to know that you’re filling your backpack the wrong way right now.
You know it’s about finding your core work and doing that instead of what you’re doing now.
You’re an owner. This is yours to own. Are you ready?
I never talk about my kids, but if you want interesting information every Sunday, sign up at Owner.Media. Own your own life.
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