FranklinCovey Consultant Blogs | Todd Wangsgard | Comfy Seat
I got to see the Super Bowl live on Sunday! Wow, what a show!!!
Okay, allow me to clarify. I’m certain I witnessed a couple plays during the third quarter with my own eyes, but the players, field and fans were quite fuzzy. VERY fuzzy. In fact, I was watching these brief moments of the game from 30,000 feet in seat 3A on Southwest flight 617 on my way to Raleigh, North Carolina. Sure, I had the ‘big picture,’ however it was impossible to focus on the details of each play, actually see the score, and get excited about either team’s progress.
In our latest time management offering, The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity, we emphasize the need for the right perspective when planning, in order to strike a balance between the strategic, long-term view and the day-to-day, crisis management mode. Planning an entire year by itself doesn’t translate well into action. And of course, only reacting to the daily interruptions, requests, and surprises may seem productive, but runs the risk of mistaking activity for real results.
Nothing has helped me to personally get it all done in my quest for time management Nirvana over the past 16 years of teaching FranklinCovey material (and I teach a rather broad curriculum of over 25 titles) than the practice and discipline of weekly planning. This perfect perspective connects the long-term (mission/vision/goals) with the daily focus and adjustments that are necessary to keeps my priorities on track. Weekly Planning is my super perspective.
I don’t deny that a comfy seat in my family room watching the big game from the perspective of 10 or 12 high-definition cameras would have been the perfect angle to watch the Giants win. But if you’re going to see the game in person, you have to admit I got away rather inexpensively, sticking to the cheap seats in Row 3.