#106 The ad hoc

Happy Sunday, everyone.

I’ve written previously about my ongoing efforts to be more efficient and intentional with my time. What I’m learning from the most recent iteration is while most of my dedicated time working on the business is focused on long-term efforts, I can be most helpful for people across our companies in an impromptu basis, in the moment.

This new schedule allows for both things.

For example, my personality is such that I like to call/text people when an idea strikes, as well as be available for them to call me if they have something to riff on. Afterwards, if there is anything good (most of my ideas are probably not), I’ll write it up or record a quick video to share with the team.

What I’m working on now is making sure I’m available more often for others who want to call me in the moment and “talk shop” as I like to call it.

I know this is contrary to almost everyone right now, with everyone in the “deep work” camp, but I can’t help it. I like to call people.

Three Things to Ponder

  1. If everything you do needs to work on a three-year time horizon, then you’re competing against a lot of people. But if you’re willing to invest on a seven-year time horizon, you’re now competing against a fraction of those people, because very few companies are willing to do that. ― Jeff Bezos
  2. Prioritization often matters more than productivity.
  3. Are my most satisfied customers talking about my products/services or sharing them with their friends naturally? Why? Why not?

Until next time, friends.


P.S. Received the new book from 99% Invisible (one of my favorite podcasts). It’s called The 99% Invisible City. It’s pretty sweet: https://99percentinvisible.org/book/

P.P.S. One of my favorite bands has a new album called Wild, Free: https://www.acceptanceband.com/

P.P.P.S. Remember Simple Shoes? Ads inspired by 60’s VW

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