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Me? I'm a strategist

If you asked me what I do, I'd probably give you a nondescript answer and get on to more interesting topics. Fact is, I "do" a lot of different things. This whole "What do you do?" question is a relic from an earlier era, before it was possible to "do" 30 different things. I am not salaried, so I work on my professional, personal, family, and global objectives each day. A little business, a little reading, a little history, a little art, a little self-discipline, a little philosophy, a little technology, a lot of different things.

But if you had to nail me down to three words, I'd say, "I'm a strategist." Nine words? "I'm a strategist. I figure out how to win." 15 words? “I’m a strategist. I figure out what is winning, and then how to get there.”

The first part of strategy is answering the question, "What is winning? What are even working towards? What are our highest level objectives, and why do we have them?" This is typically known as grand strategy.

Grand strategy is figuring out what the goals of an organization or a solo person ought to be. Arguably, this is the hardest part of strategy, because there is no right or wrong answer. It's subjective. And if you work on the wrong stuff, it doesn't matter how good of a job you do at it.

That's worth saying again. It doesn't matter how good of a job you do bringing your vision to reality if your vision was poorly chosen.

Task-Crusher Days

On Kevin Espiritu

At the end of a month, there's usually a lot of random  nonsense that has built up.  I'm testing out a strategy for dealing with that by dedicating the least-important day in the last week of the month to task crushing.

Here's what I do.

This is similar to the GTD method of dumping everything from your brain.  I write down the main categories that tasks sit in, and then I sit down for 10 minutes and scribble down everything I can think of, no matter how trivial.

"Host webinar" goes down on the list right with "Get a vitamin holder".  I keep going until I can't think of anything.

I use a simple dot system to rank the categories, then I go into the tasks themselves.  One dot is most important, two is middle, and three is least.

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