PRepare Responsibly

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I worked on a great post to share. Unfortunately it got lost between my work and personal files. Hopefully I can find it and have it ready for you next week.

Losing my file is a learning experience as this will, or should at least, make me more accountable for organizing my work. It made me realize to finish something from concept to completion, not just 75% of the way.

This flub reminds me of a publicist working on a pitch to a journalist, having all of their thoughts and ideas together for the first rough draft when then the phone rings. The incoming call can be easily determined if it’s important or not. Instead of focusing on the task at hand, the call is taken when it could have waited until the pitch was complete.  The recipient expected the call to last no longer than five minutes. 20 minutes later after then call ends the publicist stares at the screen trying to gather their thoughts again for the pitch and now they’re lost.

There are times when multitasking should take a break from your daily activities.  I learned in a workshop that you should treat your tasks as if it were an emergency room.  Think about this now as patients are treated based on the severity of their injury or pain, not if they were there first.  Some tasks, especially those that you continuously put off, should have you undivided attention.

Remember if you fail to prepare, you prepare for failure. Focus on the task at hand and you will deliver your best results!