I received the following blog post by Seth Godin via email. It struck a cord like it always does whenever Seth has something to say.
Will today’s emergency even be remembered? Will that thing you’re particularly anxious about have been hardly worth the time you put into it?
Better question: What could you do today that would matter a year from now?
So there are two parts of this message.
- What are you doing right now?
- What should be done?
What are you doing right now ?
Whatever we do at the current time should have a value attached to it. If one has determined goals, then the current task should be moving us closer to one of the goals or sub-goals. We should not consider something emergency just because it looks like one. We should evaluate every situation in light of our goals. If it helps our goal its an emergency if not then it might not be an emergency.
What should be done?
The evaluation criteria of some task should be determined by how much impact it would have after one year (this is just a rule of thumb in my opinion). The real impact of the task may not be evident after one year but it should be helping in achieving the goal.
So in a nutshell I agree with what Seth has to say but in my opinion our goals determine what is important and emergency, not the fact that it would impact something in a year’s time. If we have done a great job in identifying goals then the impact would be far more than one year.