A working agenda could mean fluidity. It can also relate to the work that you do. Day in, day out. What is your work agenda?
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day may be common practice for many people. It is work to be done, and it gets done.
It is true for many household chores and everyday practices.
Things don’t change much with these activities. It is work to be done and it gets done.
It might be true for dropping a young child at day care or walking your dog. Work to be done, and it gets done.
It is likely true for your job. You have a routine.
What is on your agenda?
Daily Grind Factors
It is easy to get caught up in the daily grind.
On Monday you do these things, on Tuesday it is more of the same, and by the end of the week, you must be sure to accomplish everything that was part of your daily grind. You have month-end work, quarterly work, and what you’ll accomplish within the year.
Performance often gets measured by the movement of work each day. Some things may vary a little bit here and a little bit there, but in a general sense, it is all more of the same.
While this is performance, it makes change undesirable.
The opportunity to seek a better path, add in something new, remove something unused or wasteful might be missing on the agenda you work from.
Simply put, your agenda may be about continuous and consistent effort across time. It is not persistence to accomplish more, it is just another swing of the pendulum.
Maybe it is time to take a closer look at your work agenda. Your routine work isn’t going to change much and as long as everything is routine, neither will you.
It is how 40-year old’s suddenly realize that they’ve spent 15 or 20 years doing a lot of similar things. It’s how 50-year-olds discover it is time to up their game on retirement savings. And it might just be how 60- or 70-year-olds ponder how fast life has passed by.
You may be capable of more than what you’re doing. You may never realize it until it’s too late if you don’t assess your agenda.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.