Posted on Nov. 18, 2005
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My goodness, Thanksgiving is next week already. Business will have
to be set aside for our annual family festivities. I recently read
Michael Murdock's well organized list for weekly business planning but
it will have to be tabled temporarily to accommodate several
days of preparation for one of our biggest family events of the year.
In our home the preparations begin in earnest as
early as Sunday when we take stock of what is needed, pull out special
things that we only use during the holidays, and begin deep cleaning the
This year I thought I might try to streamline the
Thanksgiving process as it pretty much blows the whole week as far as
getting any business done. I'm doing the same thing in my business
right now - streamlining my processes and eliminating clutter that just
slows me down.
I noted some ways I could tighten the
Thanksgiving preparations but a huge rebellion came from within me and
screamed, "No! You leave my Thanksgiving alone.
It's about loved ones, joy, sharing, celebration, contribution and
gratitude. You need more of that, not less."
Since the rebellious voice had reminded me of
what my Thanksgiving focus was, I wondered what my business focus is.
It's generally about work, steps, planning, goals, learning curve,
evaluation, numbers, interruptions, deadlines, production, improvements,
and the like.
Thanksgiving has all those elements as well but
they support the primary focus of loved ones, celebration, etc. I
know that we produce what we focus on, and in my business I've been
focusing on more of what I don't want instead of more of what
I do want.
This last weekend before Thanksgiving, I'm
going to put my business time into getting more of my Thanksgiving focus
into my business instead of getting more of my business focus into my
Wishing you the holiday week and Business life of