What do you do? Are you a professional? A student? An educator? A kid? A parent?
No matter the answer, I’ll bet you’re busy.
We have a tendency to impress. We take on opportunities that let us show our chops. But eventually we reach saturation. We’re full. There’s no room to add more.
I love reaching that point. Now, instead of filling the hours, I am faced with a menu of options: I get to say “no” to good and pick the best. Put one thing down to pick up something better.
I’d like to add a layer:
- How much of your day do you spend getting things done?
- How much of your day do you spend getting better at the things you do?
When we get busy, we focus on the list. Checking things off in a mad dash to clear the decks. The problem: we always pick more up, or have more thrown at us. You will never be done.
It’s easy to jump into the grind, constantly chasing “complete.”
Here’s the secret: the people at the top of their game aren’t the ones who get the most done. They’re the ones who dedicate themselves to actually getting better at what they do.
Want to be a better student? Studying more could pay some rewards. But learning how to learn? That’s pay dirt.
Want to be a better professional? Doing more work projects could help. Reading and taking continuing education? Exponential.
Peyton Manning never misses practice.
I’m told from time to time that I’m a good teacher. Thanks. I’m also pretty young. I’m not a well-thought-of teacher because I’ve taught a lot. I’m a regarded as a good teacher because I am constantly trying to get better at teaching. I read about it. I listen to podcasts. I write about it. Every interaction with a student is an experiment in best practices for me. I even take notes during my own classes:
- How long did that segment take?
- Where did students ask questions?
- Where did students zone out?
What do you do? What are some ways that you could stop getting it done and start getting better at it? Help someone out: Share your thoughts and resources below.