What will you do differently in 2011?
For me it’s easy. I have a poor attention span. I am too easily distracted.
At any one time I have a countless browsers open, each one with the promise of further engagement, conversation, opportunity. You can never be lonely as a Recruiter. The only asset you have at your disposal is your network and I work relentlessly to engage with, communicate with, stay in touch with and grow mine.
Even then I don’t succeed as much as I would hope or wish. Every connection has a story to tell, something to say that should be listened to intently, is a link to someone, is a door that could open to who knows where. Who knows when they might need me, or when I might need them?
So what’s the problem. Well none of the above, they are all business critical tools. My problem is email and in particular the multitude of devices I use to check them. PC, Laptop, IPAD, Iphone (other brands are available!). I am not alone.
Every ping of the inbox and vibration of the hand-held brings the promise of future riches. I check (sorry that should read checked) my email first thing in the morning, last thing at night (even in the middle of the night). I feel a desperate need to respond to every enquiry, question, suggestion. For me engaging in the conversation is what it is all about. I can’t resist.
I start each day with real focus and great intentions. Then those little pings start and my day takes on a whole new path. Not any more. I have made a change. I check my email first thing, at lunch and last thing. I prioritize those that are critical and leave those that are not.
I need to be proactive and reactive in my day. The trouble for me was that I was getting to be too reactive and not proactive enough. Those things that I want to do, that I am passionate about, that I must do, require of me to focus on the proactive. So that’s my change. It’s hardly revolutionary but already it’s working. I feel better and I am getting things done. I am no longer slave to the latest email. I have razor focus, I am sharp. I am achieving.
How long will this last? Believe me I am committed to seeing this through. I am a whole 3 hours in to my working day and so far this is working brilliantly!
So what will you be doing differently this year?