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Construction Season is over, Quit Roadblocking yourself

So you have a project and a deadline…. What do you do….. What Do You DO??????  If you say you jump right into it and get it done, I say you are either a big liar or you are a far far better person than I will ever be.

Typically deadlines are daunting, Face it the word Dead is in it, what’s more scary than that?  I decided as a kid that Deadline told me what I would be if I didn’t get whatever it was that I needed to do done.  You already start out on a negative.  Many people fool themselves into thinking that they need to do something in a certain way in order to get something done.  I know that I used to be that way.  I used to have to follow the same pattern over and over again when I did a project.  Many times my delays would force late nights and a ton of stress as I miscalculated what needed to be done and I was busy getting things in order before I actually start working on a project.

Frankly, I work much better under pressure and that’s the prime reason I am a Busy Person.  I keep myself busy and occupied so I continue to get things accomplished.  Long ago, I used to do it all myself.  Someone would ask me if I needed help and I would say “Oh No thanks, I have it all under control”  or “ I got it covered”  Those are probably the 2 of the worse things you could ever say.

I see Road Blocking all the time.  A lot of my friends are champion Road Blockers.  You offer help, they say NO.  You offer to take some of the load, they say NO.  At the end of the day, they are frazzled and not really enjoying life anymore because they are blocking themselves and preventing themselves from just getting things done.

Mary Poppins says:  “ Well Begun is Half Done”.   Once you finally start a project if you dedicate the time it requires you will find that you are almost done, and when you get back to the project it won’t take any time at all to finish.

Once you have a project assigned to you or you assign one to yourself, take the time to list everything you need in order to complete the project.  If you need information from someone, email them or advise them that you need them to complete the task for you. Give them a time limit to get their response to you, there is nothing worse than waiting on something that someone needs to give you because they are Road Blocking themselves.

I have this great friend who Road Blocks all the time.  When they complete the project they are working on it is a masterpiece but it is so painful to watch them struggle against themselves.  They Road Block by not giving themselves deadline, they give themselves goal.  They over think a project until it becomes a much larger project than is required. They assess high importance to low importance items and vice versa.

Fortunately I am Now great at managing myself and my projects.  I surround myself with people that I know will help me out if I need the help.  I used to be a do it all yourself kind of gal.  I used to be the kind of person that would spend 2 days looking for the perfect binder clips to be used for my project. The perfect pens, paper, etc.  You know how it goes, drown yourself in the little details and then if you fail to complete the project it really isn’t your fault now is it?

I decide how long I think a project will take me and then schedule accordingly.  I allow myself a 5 to 10 minute break per hour of actual work.  This allows me to get up and walk around, or distract myself with something else while I am working on my project.  I also allow myself to jump to another project if I suddenly have an idea.  For example, when I am working on a project and I suddenly get a great idea for a tweet, or something else for my marketing efforts, I pause what I am doing and quickly get the thought down.

So get your project in order quickly, it shouldn’t take you longer to get the project started or planned than it takes to do the actual project itself.  Remember if someone offers to help, you say  Thanks and accept the help.

" When you do the things you need to do when you need to do them, the day will come when you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them"
--Zig Ziglar

I am an Expert…. on a whole lot of things.

Merriam Webster dictionary defines  Expert as:  having or showing special skill or knowledge because of what you have been taught or what you have experienced.

Wikipedia says….."An expert is someone widely recognized as a reliable source of technique or skill whose faculty for judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely is accorded authority and status by their peers or the public in a specific well distinguished domain. An expert, more generally, is a person with extensive knowledge or ability in a particular area of study. Experts are called in for advice on their respective subject, but they do not always agree on the particulars of a field of study. An expert can be, by virtue of training, education, profession, publication or experience, believed to have special knowledge of a subject beyond that of the average person, sufficient that others may officially (and legally) rely upon the individual's opinion...."

Before I start my story….. Let me say without a shadow of a doubt I am NOT an Expert,  I know a lot, but I am far from an Expert…. In this subject anyway.

I always equated the term Expert with knowledge and experience.  I mean, just knowing the material in my opinion does not make you an expert, it just makes you knowledgeable.   Why am I bringing this up you ask?  I recently was sitting in my office minding my own business when my text tone went off,  it was a partner of mine who currently was attending a webinar.  She was getting ready to leave for a conference and it was a webinar on how to get the most out of the conference.   Apparently they were going to be using Social Media tools in order to enhance the conference and she was excited to find out how to utilize them to get more bang for her buck at this conference.

At first she was very disappointed that this seemed to be a 101 type of Social Media instruction, at that point they lost her.  She did what I have done in a similar circumstance, I started looking up the people who were giving the webinar.  She starts blowing up my phone with rapid fire texts…..  Look up this person…. They only have 517 followers on twitter,   Look up this person…. They have 1037 twitter followers…… then comes the all important question….. How can they be experts when I have more twitter followers ( she has 13K+ and I have 35 K+ ) and they have already given 2 wrong instructions?  She then started digging further, they are proclaiming themselves as Social Media Experts, have a company that will do it for you, will help you establish you on the web, raise your Google ratings etc.  I could picture her in her office… shaking her head.

In this very digital age Social Media Experts are a dime a dozen, typically anyone who proclaims they are an expert are probably the furthest thing from it.    Just because I read a book on how to do something or take a class doesn’t make me an expert.  However you have those that don’t know any better who will believe someone because they don’t know any better.

I do a lot of my own research, I have gone to many a webinar and seminar on Social Media applications and practices.  I learned so much that I was able to generate 30% of the attendance at a groups National Conference just using applications and techniques I had  learned. Does that make me an Expert or just really good?

It distresses me when I see people proclaim themselves as “Experts” but haven’t a real clue what they are talking about, yet because they are good sales people, and have the ability to take information in and regurgitate it as if it was their original thoughts….. they are deemed experts.

I have a deep appreciation for Experts, I hire them, some of them are my best friends, without them I would be lost.

So what do you think?  What is the definition of an Expert?  If I study everything there is about music and playing a piano, but I am tone deaf does that still make me an Expert?  If I learn everything there is to know about Pole Vaulting, so that I know it inside and out and upside down, yet can’t actually vault, does that make me an expert Pole Vaulter?

Personally, I think it is not enough to know the material, you must be able to put it into practice and successful at it.  Just simply knowing the info is not enough, You must be able to not only Talk the Talk, you have to Walk the Walk, because the way the definition stands....  I am an Expert on a Whole Lot of Things.....  ask anyone I know, they will tell you.

Goal Setting That Works!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 6:30 pm (Registration And Open Networking) In Schaumburg!

ACTION-STRATEGY WORKSHOP

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* Mission
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* To-Do Lists
* Accountability and Partnering
* Vision Board Networking

 

Alfred Campanelli YMCA
300 W Wise Rd
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 6:30 pm In Schaumburg!

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Alfred Campanelli YMCA
300 W Wise Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193
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