In my book it’s not about getting shit done, it’s about getting the right shit done. I may just be a procrastinator of the best sort. It’s definitely part of my DNA. Getting me to do something that in my eyes at least has little value is like pulling teeth. Yeah I can perform, but I’ll be sick to my stomach knowing that I could be doing something even more valuable.
When I’m in a professional setting, like with a client or even an employer, I don’t care what my badge says or what the contract states. If you want me to do A but what you really need is B, then go ahead and excuse me. You’re going to get B then A. OK? I don’t have to be the one doing B though. I’m not a freak like that, but I need to know that it’s in good hands. I won’t be able to effectively do A unless I know B is handled. Do you feel me? Mmmm, probably not. I don’t think a great many do. Seriously though, it’s in my DNA.
This is all a way to say that I’m a ruthless prioritizer. I’ve yet to encounter a life scenario where not doing the highest value work led to the most desirable outcome. I mean really, does that even make sense? Some people are like, “Well, this is next on my list. So this is what we’re doing.” OK, I understand your list… but screw that. Your list may make you feel like you’re in control, but actually it’s controlling you. Adapt, evolve, recognize. JUST WAKE UP. Your list is wrong. And whatever you do, don’t tell me it’s not your responsibility. If that’s the way you feel, then don’t bother. Just point me to the person really in charge. If you don’t actually care about doing what’s best, then let’s just part ways here. We’re done here. You don’t care, so I don’t care to waste my time with you. It really is that simple.
This is why in my practice I ask so many questions. This is why I listen so intently. This is why I reread your message three times and scrutinize your request. I need to understand that the ship is afloat and on course before I reorganize the galley. I’m not the hatchet man or the plumber that only installs faucets. I’m the full meal deal.