Pace – recognize that everything has a unique pace. Recognize what that is for each effort. Familiarize yourself with these paces and align these efforts to the time of day that is optimum for you.
Prioritize – develop a means to prioritize your efforts. There are known methods for this. Some are more rigid then others but this should be a daily practice. Strive for reaching a point where you can quickly discern prioritization so that minimal effort is required. Complex or “difficult” efforts should not be continually seen as too much to get to and consequently put off. Typically they are the ones to address first. Accept that completion may not occur immediately. See planning.
Planning – Define your goals and objectives. Understand your mission. Work from clarity of vision. Have these elements defined and understood before you start. once pace and prioritization has been determined , plan your day, effort, project etc. understand your effort from various perspectives so as to develop a well rounded plan, one that can accommodate adjustments as necessary. Bake in extra time for unexpected circumstances that may arise. Factor in If measuring what you are doing is required. Know how you will capture details so as not to recreate effort in the future should it be required to do it again.
Perform – engage your plan. Document and measure. As you perform, identify assessment points. If necessary, adjust based on identified assessment factors.
Other factors to consider when working through the Four Ps
What are your dependencies?
What are the risks?
Is the yield substantive or of value?
Is the outcome sustainable and maintainable?
Is this effort for effort’s sake or true delivery?
Life happens. Expect the unexpected, adjust as necessary and accept it.
Capture what you do from beginning to end. Recognize the things that are required to capture.
Avoid tunnel vision. Seek different perspectives and understanding to determine if you are in a tunnel.
Someone close to me told me before she passed that “getting old isn’t for the faint of heart.”
That said, I’d take it over not getting old any day. When mentioning this to someone else I know, he said, “naturally…living is precious.”
The thing is, the practice of living seems rarely to be an act of valuing it’s preciousness. Life is more frequently practiced as though it were a cheap and disposable thing. We don’t value the continual act of breathing.
When surrounded by the perceived valueless reality, i must practice to bring my mind back to the richness of life.