I am a member of a Facebook group called New Business : Next Steps, run by Ann Hawkins and Ed Goodman, authors of an excellent book by the same name. Ann often bookends our working week with some good questions about what we’d like to achieve, and how we’re getting on.
Lately I’ve been feeling lost, and somewhat withdrawn. These are things that happen from time to time, that’s life, etcetera. I’m no complaining, just acknowledging. When I feel like this, I tend to withdraw from responding to Ann’s questions too. Lately I’ve been nurturing a bias for action, so today, I chose to reply to this prompt from Ann:
Check in Friday: What was the most useful thing you did this week that made a difference to your business?
Here’s how I replied.
- Wrote 4,000 words towards my book.
- Asked people in my network for help with some questions to provoke more content for the book.
- Kicked off plans for a Berlin/London art meets work mini tour.
- Made a conscious effort to stream my thinking and to do stuff, it’s been far too messy lately.
- Wrote a farewell email to a group I’ve been working with.
- Attended the quarterly business review of a partnership I joined a few months ago. Doing this helped me see first hand and in more detail, the exciting work we can do together.
- Shared a video of my talk about the art and soul of better work from this year’s All About People event.
- Made what I think is a lovely piece of art for my weekly local free art drop.
Clearly I cheated, this is not the most useful thing I did this week, it is several useful things. Are they the right things? Who knows, and what they are, is evidence that in among the doubt, I am taking action. Thank you for the prompt, Ann.
In case you are interested, here is the art work I mentioned, and the video of the Art and Soul of Better Work talk.
Have a lovely weekend.