This past week I spent a day in the mid west with one of my team members working on an innovative R&D project. There was no real significance around the timing of our trip other than we simply made the commitment to do it and put it on the calendar. The trip went extremely well and led to an action plan for implementing a new innovation over the next six months. In reflecting on the experience, I came up with a few thoughts on making time to do impactful things:
1) Getting stuck in the weeds of your day-to-day is the enemy of making time for out-of-the-ordinary experiences. We all battle this and can only overcome the weeds with awareness of being stuck in them.
2) It is very rare that impactful breakthroughs happen when stuck in the day-to-day activities. It is hard to be see the big picture unless you are able to take a step back and look at a situation differently.
3) Identifying this trip as a necessity and actually putting it on the calendar a month or so in advance was the key to making it happen. Being intentional about Stephen Covey’s "Q2" activities is the only way to create a place for the things that are important but not urgent.
In hindsight, I could not be more pleased with the results from the trip and I am glad that we made time to see the forest from the weeds.