Are you a bit confused about the “right” 10-things for you to do about everything? How the “right” way to do career management is this and the “right” way to do time management is that…but none of the articles out there agree on the same 10-things to make your life more productive?
Now, I’ve written “10-things to…” articles in the past. This is not condemning the great work that people are offering up as advice in career management, personal branding and productivity.
But, as Cubicle Warriors, I think we sometimes get lost in the weeds of 200 things that are all “right” for us to do. After all, if we did everything all these experts told us to do, we’d spend the entire day self-actualizing and never getting anything done.
What we need is “brilliant filtering” and a lot of understanding of how we work. If we are fortunate enough to have figured that out, we don’t do the 1000 things that are the “right” thing to do.
Instead, we need do the 10-things that are right for US.
Whenever reading anything about “best practices,” 100-productivity rules, or the 10-best of anything, we need to filter what is being written and understand:
As a commentator on career management, I’ll throw out the best and worst of what I see about how to go about managing your career and building your personal brand. But, as a reader, it is incumbent upon you to know how you work, how you interact with people, and how you know you are productive before implementing any new, great, shiny thing that proclaims to perfect your work.
The world improves in increments. You decide the incremental changes and make them a success.
It’s brilliant filtering.