Cube Rule: Do something proactive every day

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In a world of firefighting, everyone concentrates on the fires. Yet fighting fires doesn’t do much to prevent the fires.

Yet, in our work, we fight fires every day. In fact, we can make the urgent and important fill our time at work. It is easy to do.

Usually, we weren’t hired to fight fires. We were hired to perform something different from fighting fires.

Fighting fires is a fact of life. But that should not prevent us from carrying out our goals.

Here’s the Cube Rule:

Do something proactive every day.

Proactive actions, by definition, get you out of firefighting. Being proactive gets you to planning your work. Proactive gets you to goals.

This doesn’t mean you have to solve the world’s problems every day. It does mean that every day you do some task or set of tasks to carry out your goals.

If you want to fight fires the rest of your life at work, you can. But doing something proactive every day will help you carry out 300 tasks in a year.

It’s a start. Enjoy your weekend.

  • […] Herrick reminds us to do something productive every day. A great reminder to get out of the firefighter mode I fall into as an IT […]

  • Thanks for the reminder Scot. Sometimes we all fall into reactive mode and stay there….remembering to take a few seconds to decide to be proactive can make a huge difference in a person’s day.

    • Scot Herrick says:

      @Eric D. Brown
      And — this is remarkably hard to do! Even though we know it is the right thing to do, it is still tough.

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