I have had many days where I have been highly engaged.
I have had many days where I was empowered to participate in change.
I have had many days where I’ve had the privilege to help people grow.
I have had many days where I have I contributed to process improvement.
I have had many days where I have had visibility into the metrics of the business and the underlying data.
Recently, I have not had many good days.
This last Friday was a rare good day.
I had not realized how few “good” days I’ve had, until I had one. It got me thinking about why that is, because I have many things in play which are good and which I want as part of my career.
After pondering this for two days, I’ve decided that there are 2 major factor that moves a day from merely including good things to genuinely being a good day.
They were not the inclusion of good things. They were the exclusion of bad things.
1) Less than 10% of my time was spent struggling to get the minimum things necessary to completing my work.
2) I didn’t have to spend time explaining foundational elements in my work which allow me to meet the daily demands I need to meet.
To sum it up, my time was used effectively.
I work for a good company with passionate, supportive leaders. But it is a dynamic environment with aggressive goals, lean resources, and the bulk of leadership is still fairly new to the line of business. I took on the role of the person who runs interference for my team to help them work better, but that has taken an increasing percentage of my time, and everyone I’ve relied on to run interference for me has made changes to pursue other opportunities.
Is this a bad thing? That depends on how I respond to it.
My time is a precious commodity, so it’s time to change how I invest it, so I see a better return. It’s not impossible, it’s simply a changed mindset with changed focus and changed action.
Take time to take a step back, get a little perspective, and make sure you are making the most of your time.