Newsletter #1 – Schedules, Pre and Post Meetings, You’re Not a Tree


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Quick notes to help you get more done in less time. . . next week.

Welcome to the first edition of my weekly, week-end primer. In anticipation of my upcoming book, The Human Being’s Guide to Business Growth, this newsletter has concise advice you can put it use. . .next week, after it has a chance to sit in your brain over the weekend. Enjoy!

(get the newsletter here: https://www.chamberspivot.com/right-fit-newsletter/)

This primer has three sections to help you get more done, your way:

– Techniques for FIT
– Being Human
– Random Stuff

Techniques for FIT

  • Schedule your day around just a few priorities. Get them done and move on. That feeling you get? A sense of accomplishment.
  • When you’re in a meeting, go old school and break out the pen and paper and scribble. The physical act of writing activates something in our brains that aids in processing and memorizing information. So, WSD. Write Stuff Down.
  • After a meeting, take a moment to decompress, process the information you just received, and prioritize a single, immediate next step on the most important concept covered
  •  Speaking of meetings, don’t book them back to back. You’ll be half present in both.

Being Human – You’re not a tree

One of my favorite quotes is “Try, Fly or Die,” shorthand for the law of the jungle, Adapt, Migrate or Perish.

In the USA, the average lifespan hit a record of 78.8 years in 2014. Over 80 for females, over 75 for males.

That’s just under 4,100 Saturdays. If you consider your first 16 years as being rooted at home, you get about 3,250 Saturdays that you can choose where to be and what to do. At 47, I have around 1700 Saturdays left to consider.

We’re only here for a short period of time. It’s the one constant for everyone. So if you’re not happy with where you are, you have a choice: Try, Fly or Die. Adapt, Migrate or Perish.

Or as Jim Rohn says, “If you don’t like where you are, change it! You’re not a tree.”

Good stuff.

Random Stuff

Believe it.

We just had our first real heavy snow in Omaha a few weeks ago. For years, my wife has complained about driving in the snow with our little rear-wheel-drive Mercedes wagon. So as I surveyed #snowmageddon, I thought, “How bad could it be? Really?” and ventured out.

I learned a few things.

  • Controlling a fishtail comes back to you surprisingly fast.
  • When the police officer in the lane next to you spins out, it’s too late to reconsider your choice.
  • A guy jogging in a snowstorm wearing head to toe Buffalo Bills gear knows how to get a vehicle unstuck. Like a pro.
  • It never occurred to me just how hilly my neighborhood is.
  • The old guy down the block, the one who is always outside, is only too willing to talk about his marital problems while you push your car out of a snowbank.

Oh, one last thing. It’s not something I figured out, just something I was reminded of.

Believe her.