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Today I have put some thought into personal development. This year is the first time that I have really something planned.
I have one upcoming training for management 3.0. I have bought some tickets for a talk about new work and I am working more on learning new things. Currently I am trying to figure out a framework, where I can organize the stuff. I have a bunch of links, I have some tickets and video courses that I am taking and I have an end goal.
I have just written it down by now, but I am looking for a way on how to measure it and also how to recall certain things. At one day you learn something and at the next day you forget it.
So it's a mixture between note taking, personal library and measuring progress. Let's see what I am coming up with.
It's alreay worse in your head than it could ever be in reality, that's what a very smart person always is telling me.
Today I again learned it's true. Sometimes you have to communicate messages that are not nice and where you are not able to instantly find something good in, or at least you think like that in the first moment.
When I know that I have to communicate some news to people that they are not gonna like my head starts thinking about the wildest scenarious and how I could react to those. And trust me, my head can get really creative there. That's a head blockbusters could be made out of.
But guess what, 99 percent of that things never happen. My "opponent" doesn't turn into a super villian and doom the world, ok that's made up, but you know what I mean.
Don't let your brain trick you and make your decisions harder. Rely on your experience and not on thought circles of death.
Today is a typical day, where I cannot tell you what even happened. So much input, so little time in between.
What helps after this is writing. To get the stuff of my chest and somewhere else. And also to prepare the next day. Last month I started with something simple I already mentioned here and it's great to reflect.
I am writing down what should happen today, and what happened overall that was not reflected by my todo list. It sadly happens that a day happens totally different than lined out. Going to the office and something needs your immediate attention or takes like the 100x amount of time you thought.
Also to be accountable to myself and the people I report to it helps to see what I have done throughout the day. And today I learned again, I am horrible at time tracking. Toggl didn't work and Excel doesn't as well.
Maybe I should go back to automatic tracking and just fill up what's missing? I will put some thoughts into this. Maybe even a total different solution. Let's see.
Today I cleaned up some digital mess. I am a huge Trello fanboy and I am trying a lot of things there and created a lot of boards. But it went a bit out of control, so I had to bring some order back into that.
Other than that I was revisiting some plans that I have for the future. It was mostly career, but I don't want to make a difference there anyway. I want a life, not two. It's easier to maintain ;)
For figuring out where it should go, I used Concepts, it's basically an endless canvas app for the iPad. It's like you are writing on whiteboard that never ends.
Everything else goes into too much detail.
Every other Saturday when I am in Mumbai I spent at least in the office. As I am employing people there, often it's their only chance to go to an interview as their current employer wouldn't allow them to take half a day off. Their curent companies are afraid that people could have an interview and therefore leave them...
What bullshit mindset is that?
In my interviews I am telling the candidates, I want them to be open minded and if they feel that they want to change their career path in a different direction, they should tell me. I won't be mad at them, either I can support them and we can figure out a way in the current company, or if that's not an option, they will find their luck in another organisation. Then I will find someone that suits the role. If people want to stay in the exact same role for the rest of their life, it's anyhow not the people I want to work with.
Leading by fear and pressure doesn't lead anywhere. People are what makes the difference.